Lord of the Nutcracker Men
By Iain Lawrence
(Laurel Leaf Library, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780440418122, 212pp.)
Publication Date: May 13, 2003
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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.
"From the Hardcover edition.
“Big themes are hauntingly conveyed through gripping personal story and eerie symbolism.”–Kirkus Reviews, Starred
“Beautifully integrated supporting characters reinforce Lawrence’s theme of the horror of war.”–The Horn Book Magazine