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Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin
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An age appropriate coming-of-age tale set in Communist Russia, Eugene Yelchin’s Breaking Stalin’s Nose examines the eye-opening experiences of Sasha Zaichik. Sasha begins the novel as the self-proclaimed biggest supporter of Stalin, yet after his father is arrested for anti-communist suspicions Sasha’s world is greatly altered and he begins to experience some of the harsher realities of life in Communist Russia. The naïve tone and comical situations in the text will appeal to younger audiences and help illustrate a serious and complicated time in world history. Breaking Stalin’s Nose is a valuable resource for introducing late elementary and middle grades readers to historical fiction, world history, and maturing themes.

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