“…a sparse book that carries great weight. Both haunting and laugh-out-loud funny, Arcady’s Goal will score big with readers.”


“Books like this are so important because they tell us about the human cost of political repression. I see Arcady’s Goal becoming another mainstay of our classroom library, another classroom favorite.”

—A Teaching Life

“Yelchin's ability to write with emotion and genuineness makes these must have's for the classroom.”

—Kid Lit Frenzy

"Arcady's narration walks us steadily through, and his honest voices places readers right in the middle of the time period as well as his struggles This novel is a gripping, fast read, and Yelchin's illustrations guide you along and you won't be able to stop looking at them. It is heartbreaking to read, written with the literary power that Newbery-winning authors have at their ready."

—Librarian in Cute Shoes

“Yelchin's tale ... is a fast-paced blend of sports and history. Arcady's emotions ring out on every page and bring the story to life, enhanced further by Yelchin's illustrations. A perfect story for soccer fans, fathers and sons, and history lovers.”

—Shelf Awareness

“A well-told story that respects its readers and doesn’t shy away from difficult material, while delivering a positive, hopeful message. Aimed at kids age 9 to 12, Arcady’s Goal will hold the interest of older readers and elicit much discussion.”

—Jewish Independent

“Arcady's feelings of confusion and anger throughout the book are heart tugging. My only complaint is that I didn’t want the book to end. I felt the need to stay with Arcady awhile longer. Check this one out, my friends, you don’t want to miss it.”

—Read. Write. Reflect

“Eugene Yelchin has become a literal and visual prose poet of damaged youth in the Stalin era. A powerful writer and a brilliant illustrator who tells his stories simultaneously in words and images returns with another beautifully told story of grim times in the U.S.S.R. (his) theme— damaged threads of torn-apart families, somehow weaving themselves into new families, even in the face of the paranoid horrors of the Stalin regime.”

—Regarding Arts

"Writing style in this book is stark and unadorned, like the subject. The descriptions, like the illustrations, are gray and without much hope, although Arcady’s courage and tenacity shine through even in the soccer games he plays so well."