by Eugene Yelchin
What do you know about the children left behind by Russia's enemies of the people in the beginning of the 20th century? This work of fiction sheds just a little light on the life of one boy whose luck might just turn for the better.
Arcady has spent most of his life in a children's home. While life is tough, he excels at one thing - soccer. Although the children must play all games one-on-one, he is able to beat anyone the guards place against him. It doesn't sound like much, but his skill is sometimes the only way to win food rations from the stingy guards.
He dreams of the day his talent will lead him to a better life. When it does, Arcady must learn just how difficult life on the outside can be.
The author's note at the end will have you clamoring for more information.