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978-0-385-72924-6 / 9780385729246

Lord of the Nutcracker Men

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Publisher:Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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Ten-year-old Johnny eagerly plays at war with the army of nutcracker soldiers his toymaker father whittles for him. He demolishes imaginary foes. But in 1914 Germany looms as the real enemy of Europe, and all too soon Johnnys father is swept up in the war to end all wars. He proudly enlists with his British countrymen to fight at the front in France. The war, though, is nothing like what any soldier or person at home expected.

The letters that arrive from Johnnys dad reveal the ugly realities of combat  and the soldiers he carves and encloses begin to bear its scars. Still, Johnny adds these soldiers to his armies of Huns, Tommies, and Frenchmen, engaging them in furious fights. But when these games seem to foretell his dads real battles, Johnny thinks he possesses godlike powers over his wooden men. He fears he controls his fathers fate, the lives of all the soldiers in no-mans land, and the outcome of the war itself.

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