Posted in 2013-2014 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Finding Zasha, by Randi Barrow

Finding ZashaSummary: Twelve-year-old Ivan has escaped from the siege of Leningrad, but when the town he has taken refuge in is occupied by Hitler’s troops, he sees his chance to help the partisans he has met–and to rescue two German shepherd puppies, Zasha and Thor, from the cruel Commander Recht.


Posted in 2011-2012 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Breaking Stalin’s Nose, by Eugene Yelchin

Summary:  In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs.

Henry Holt

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