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From Newbery Honor–winning author Eugene Yelchin comes another glimpse into Soviet Russia.

For twelve-year-old Arcady, soccer is life. Sent to live in a children’s home after his parents are declared enemies of the state, he plays to win his dinner and to maintain his sanity. When a visiting inspector decides to adopt him, Arcady questions his motivations. Who could want an enemy of the people as a son? 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

  • “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

  • “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.”


  • “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
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