Breaking My Heart

Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin


First Look:

Newbery Honor Medal!  The illustration is cute, and if it weren’t for the somewhat ominous title, I’d think that this was going to be a cheerful book.

Jacket Copy:

Sasha Zaichik has known the laws of the Soviet Young Pioneers since the age of six:
The Young Pioneer is devoted to Comrade Stalin, the Communist Party, and Communism.

A Young Pioneer is a reliable comrade and always acts according to conscience.
A Young Pioneer has a right to criticize shortcomings.
But now that it is finally time to join the Young Pioneers, the day Sasha has awaited for so long, everything seems to go awry…

[Edited for Spoilers.]
…This moving story of a ten-year-old boy’s world shattering is masterful in its simplicity, powerful in its message, and heartbreaking in its plausibility. Continue reading