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Lawrence, Iain.
LORD OF THE NUTCRACKER MEN
New York : Delacorte, 2001.
IL 5-8, RL 5.2
ISBN  0385900244
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When England goes to war in 1914, Johnny likes to fight battles with his wooden soldiers his father has made for him.  He is excited when his father enlists and leaves London to fight the war at the front in France.  But then Johnny is sent to the English countryside to live with his aunt.  He hates school, and no one talks to him.  At least he has his armies he can command and the letters from Father always contain new recruits. But things started to change.  Fatherís letters and toy soldiers grow more bleak and dark.  And something strange begins to happen, he notices his pretend battles begin to mirror those at the front......before they happened.
                         Can Johnny really be controlling the fate of the war?  Will he be able to protect his father so that he will be home in time for Christmas? And is the mysterious solider who appears in the garden during his battles a ghost?
                    Read, Lord of the Nutcracker Men, to find the answers to these questions.  (Meg Torrens,  megtorrens@yahoo.com,  Palmetto Bays Elementary, Myrtle Beach, SC)
SUBJECTS:     World War, 1914-1918 -- England -- Fiction.
                        World War, 1914-1918 -- France -- Fiction.
                        War -- Fiction.
                        Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.

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