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A special message from Eugene Yelchin about Breaking Stalin's Nose.

Mr. Yelchin discusses the personal journey that inspired the 2012 Newbery Honor-winning book.


• 2012 Newbery Honor Book (American Library Association)

• 2012 Junior Library Guild Selection

• 2012 Distinguished Work of Historical Fiction Award (Children's Literature Council of Southern California)

• 2012 Women’s National Book Association’s Judy Lopez Memorial Award

• 2013 KS William Allen White Award 

• The Best Children’s Books of 2011 by the Horn Book Magazine

• The Best Children’s Books of 2011 by Washington Post

• 2012 Capitol Choices Book, Noteworthy Books for Children

• 2012 Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth by Booklist

• 2012 NY Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year

• 2012 Finalist for California Book Awards

• 2012 Michigan Library Association Mitten Award

• 2011 Editor’s Choice by Historical Novel Society

• 2011 Nominated for Cybills Children’s and YA Bloggers’ Literary Awards

• 2011 Nominated for Best Fiction by Young Adult Library Association


Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, French, Estonian, Romanian, Turkish, Italian


The illustrations for the book were on view at the Wende Museum and Archives of Cold War, Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, and in the Original Art exhibition and catalogue at the Society of Illustrators in New York. 2011-2013


“An important book for all people living in free society.”

–Peter Sìs, author of The Wall

starred reviewSTARRED REVIEW “Although the story takes place over just two days, it is well paced, peeling off the layers of Sasha’s naiveté to show him – and young readers – the cynicism of the system he trusted.”

–The Horn Book Magazine

“Masterfully done.”

—People Magazine

“Mr. Yelchin has compressed into two days of events an entire epoch, giving young readers a glimpse of the precariousness of life in a capricious yet ever-watchful totalitarian state.”

–Wall Street Journal

“Yelchin’s debut novel does a superb job of depicting the tyranny of the group, whether residents of a communal apartment, kids on the playground, students in the classroom or government officials. Yelchin’s graphite illustrations are an effective complement to his prose, which unfurls in Sasha’s steady, first-person voice, and together they tell an important tale.”

–Kirkus Reviews