52. Breaking Stalin's Nose
by Eugene Yelchin
I read this entire book on a four-hour road trip, which was mostly in the dark. Crazy! Anyway, the suspense pulls you in and the whole idea is wonderfully executed. We spend about 24 hours with Sasha, a young boy growing up under Stalin, whose world changes entirely within that time. Fascinating, and wonderfully illustrated. A great way to introduce children to life under communism, but the themes and realities of this story are pointed and painful, so be thoughtful.