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Author: Eugene Yelchin, Ken Scholes Narrator: Peter Eliza Eliza, William Scott Scott, Ari Fliakos Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9781427241146
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From Newbery Honor–winning author Eugene Yelchin comes another glimpse into Soviet Russia. For twelve-year-old Arcady, soccer is more than just a game. Sent to live in a children's home after his parents are declared enemies of the state, it is a means of survival, securing extra rations, respect, and protection. Ultimately, it proves to be his chance to leave. But in Soviet Russia, second chances are few and far between. Will Arcady seize his opportunity and achieve his goal? Or will he miss his shot?

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Quotes & Awards

  • Two survivors of Stalinist oppression attempt to form a family in this companion to the 2012 Newbery Honor-winning Breaking Stalin's Nose . . . An uplifting, believable ending makes this companion lighter - but no less affecting - than its laurelled predecessor. Kirkus Reviews

  • “Arcady’s Goal, an immensely rewarding novel by Eugene Yelchin…was inspired by the life of his own father…The pages that follow have the ring of truth. Something vital is at stake. You can feel it. The language is taut and dramatic…The book is tough to read in anything but a single sitting, and sly, in the way of great literature: You think it’s about one thing, only to realize, at the end, it’s been about something else all along.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “As with Yelchin's Breaking Stalin's Nose, the subtext of this deceptively simple work challenges readers to look beyond the characters' situation and consider the historical implications of their dilemmas. BCCB

  • Newbery Honor-winner Yelchin provides another glimpse into Soviet life, once again with a young boy as the main character . . . It is the emotional power of the tale that captures the reader's heart. The Horn Book
  • Yelchin follows up his Newbery Honor Book, Breaking Stalin's Nose, with another novel set in Soviet Russia . . . this swiftly moving, lucid novel tells an affecting tale, illustrated with often chilling drawings of Soviet life. Booklist
  • Yelchin's b&w drawings, interspersed throughout the text as both spots and spreads, add emotional depth and amplify the plot; ample soccer detail makes this a winner for fans of the sport. Publishers Weekly
  • “Ample soccer detail makes this a winner for fans of the sport.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Newbery Honor-winner Yelchin provides another glimpse into Soviet life, once again with a young boy as the main character…It is the emotional power of the tale that captures the reader’s heart.”

    Horn Book

  • “This swiftly moving, lucid novel tells an affecting tale.”

    Booklist

  • “Two survivors of Stalinist oppression attempt to form a family in this companion (not sequel) to the 2012 Newbery Honor-winning Breaking Stalin’s Nose…Yelchin once again examines the lasting effects of the horrors of Stalinism on the Russian people in a simple story told from the point of view of a child…An author’s note provides a moving, real-world example of the lasting impact of Stalin’s atrocities. An uplifting, believable ending makes this companion lighter—but no less affecting—than its laurelled predecessor.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “As with Yelchin’s Breaking Stalin’s Nose, the subtext of this deceptively simple work challenges readers to look beyond the characters’ situation and consider the historical implications of their dilemmas.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • A 2014 New York Times Book Review Notable Book for Children
  • Among longlisted titles for Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, 2015
  • Nominated for Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, 2016
  • Among longlisted titles for NYTBR Notable Children's BOTY, 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, 2015
  • Among longlisted titles for ALA Notable Children's Books, 2015
  • Among longlisted titles for CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), 2015

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About the Author

Ken Scholes’s short fiction has been appearing in various magazines and anthologies for the last eight years, including Realms of Fantasy, Polyphony 6, and Weird Tales. He is a winner of the Writers of the Future contest. Ken’s background includes service in two branches of the military, a degree in history, a brief stint as a clergyman, an even briefer stint as a label-gun repairman and over ten years’ experience managing nonprofit organizations. Originally from the Puget Sound area, Ken currently lives in Gresham, Oregon, with his amazing wonder-wife Jen, two cats, five guitars, and more books than you’d ever want to help him move.

About the Narrators

Ken Scholes’s short fiction has been appearing in various magazines and anthologies for the last eight years, including Realms of Fantasy, Polyphony 6, and Weird Tales. He is a winner of the Writers of the Future contest. Ken’s background includes service in two branches of the military, a degree in history, a brief stint as a clergyman, an even briefer stint as a label-gun repairman and over ten years’ experience managing nonprofit organizations. Originally from the Puget Sound area, Ken currently lives in Gresham, Oregon, with his amazing wonder-wife Jen, two cats, five guitars, and more books than you’d ever want to help him move.

Ari Fliakos is an actor with experience in television, radio, film, theater, and voice-overs. He has earned four Earphones Awards, and his narration of Seth Patrick’s Reviver won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration for paranormal fiction. On screen, he is best-known for his roles in Law & Order, Pills, and Company K.