This short story describes a young boy's experience growing up in a communist country. The story focuses on one tragic event but also hits on the main components of communism, including government ownership and common wealth.
The story ends on a cliff-hanger and always leaves my students wanting more. I've found this is a great way to introduce communism and engage students. The story is easy to read and not very lengthy, only about 800 words, which makes it a perfect choice for a lesson attention grabber.