Arcady's Goal

By YELCHIN, Eugene

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ISBN
9780805098440 9781627792912
Publisher
Holt


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on July 1, 2014  |  Grades 5-8

Gr 5–8—After his parents are accused of being enemies of the state, 12-year-old Arcady grew up being carted from orphanage to orphanage in Soviet Russia. Although Arcady hasn't had a great childhood, he is great at soccer. In fact, his soccer skills are his ticket out of the orphanage when soft-hearted schoolteacher-turned-orphanage-inspector, Ivan Ivanych, sees Arcady play on an inspection and decides to adopt him. Believing the inspector is actually recruiting youth players for the Soviet's greatest team —the Red Army—in disguise, ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on October 1, 2014

Newbery Honor-winner Yelchin (Breaking Stalin's Nose, rev. 9/11) provides another glimpse into Soviet life, once again with a young boy as the main character. He begins with the photograph "that inspired this book": a picture of the 1945 Red Army Soccer Club (of which Yelchin's father was captain). Protagonist Arcady's parents were declared enemies of the state when he was just a toddler, resulting in his assignment to a series of prisonlike orphanages. Now twelve, Arcady has become a gifted an...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2014

Arcady's parents were declared enemies of the state, resulting in his assignment to prisonlike orphanages. Now twelve, Arcady is ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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