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Lord of the Nutcracker Men (2001)

by Iain Lawrence

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This book is about a boy named Jonny.Jonny's father is fighting in WW 1.During the war his father sends him nutcracker solders that he carves. I would recommend this book to almost everybody.I like this book because I'm interested in the world wars. ( )
  SampsonK | Nov 3, 2014 |
A sad, strange, interesting view of WWI. It's nice to see the war from the perspective of the home-front. ( )
  benuathanasia | Sep 12, 2012 |
During WWI, an English boy comes to believe the battle she enacts with his toy soldiers control the war his father is fighting on the front.
  smee04 | Oct 19, 2006 |
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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 Johnny’s 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 Johnny’s 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 dad’s real battles, Johnny thinks he possesses godlike powers over his wooden men. He fears he controls his father’s fate, the lives of all the soldiers in no-man’s land, and the outcome of the war itself.


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An English boy during World War I comes to believe that the battles he enacts with his toy soldiers control the war his father is fighting on the front.

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