Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Arcady’s Goal, by Eugene Yelchin

Summary:  When twelve-year-old Arcady is sent to a children’s home after his parents are declared enemies of the state in Soviet Russia, soccer becomes a way to secure extra rations, respect, and protection but it may also be his way out if he can believe in and love another person–and himself.

Henry Holt

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One thought on “Arcady’s Goal, by Eugene Yelchin

  1. This was a somewhat short book set in soviet Russia. The setting was described well but I’ve read books with stronger settings. The characters were kind of realistic, but I found that Arcady’s foster father was better developed than the main character and that frustrated me. Arcady was also annoying in the fact that he couldn’t see that someone might actually love him but only thought that someone would want to adopt him because of his soccer skills. This would be a good book for a younger audience-possibly ages 8 to 10. It was a interesting insight to life in communist Russia, it just didn’t meet the criteria and I’ve read better books so I have to say no for the mock Newbery award.

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