Cover of Arcady's Goal by Eugene Yelchin

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New York Times Book Review’s Notable Children’s Book of 2014

• Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature 2014 Best Children’s Books of the Year

• Junior Library Guild Selection Book, Fall 2014

• Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Notable Book 2015

• International Reading Association (IRA) Notable Book 2015

• Booklist’s Notable Books of 2015

• Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award 2017


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The illustrations for the book are on view at the Original Art exhibition and catalogue at the Society of Illustrators in New York. 2014-2015


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Arcady's Goal Blog Tour 2014

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• Read, Write, Reflect
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“In Arcady’s Goal, an immensely rewarding novel by Eugene Yelchin… the pages have the ring of truth. Something vital is at stake. You can feel it. The language is taught and dramatic. The illustrations are moody, stark and beautiful. The book is tough to read in anything but a single sitting. And sly, in the way of great literature…”

—The New York Times Book Review

“What may seem like a quiet story told in sparse language, illustrated with perfect pencil and charcoal art by the author, Arcady's Goal is a triumph of storytelling. To have this bit of history recounted so personally – with humor and truth and perfect details – is a gift to young readers.”

—Christian Science Monitor

“While there may be enough soccer here to lure the sports enthusiast, 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… notable is the masterful twist of the expected sports cliché of prizing the team over the individual, as Arcady’s naive yearning to stand out as a great soccer player butts up against Ivan’s pained understanding of Soviet expectations for conformity.”


“An uplifting, believable ending makes this companion lighter—but no less affecting—than its laurelled predecessor.”


“Yelchin’s b&w drawings, add emotional depth and amplify the plot; ample soccer detail makes this a winner for fans of the sport.”

—Publisher’s Weekly

"The subtext of this deceptively simple work challenges readers to look beyond the characters’ situation and consider the historical implications of their dilemmas."

—The Bulletin Of The Center For Children's Books

“Yelchin’s latest features quick and easy chapters, stimulating, true-to-life characters, and beautiful, mood-setting illustrations.”

—School Library Journal