Roman Yakub is an acclaimed composer whose music was performed in Europe and USA. He received several prestigious music prizes including 1st Prize in the Ithaca College Choral Composition Competition, National Telly Award, ASCAP Annual Composer Award and others. After receiving his Doctorate in Music Composition, Roman Yakub together with his partners had started creating classical music computer games for children. The Nutcracker Music Game, Mozart's Magic Flute Music Game, Alice in Vivaldi's Four Seasons Music Game and Discover Bach! Music Game had received numerous awards at the national and international levels. It was the Nutcracker Music Game that inspired Roman Yakub to write his first book in collaboration with Elaine Ulman.
Roman Yakub lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife Irina and son Sasha.
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by Roman Yakub
Homeless 10-year old Misha sneaks into the back door of a large theater building where everyone is getting ready for the Nutcracker premiere. Misha dreams of joining the children-dancers, but his dream suddenly turns into a nightmare. This moving classic tale transports the reader into the modern day Russia where love, loyalty and the magic of theater battle with a corrupt and calculating world.
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