Ten-year-old Johnny's toymaker father has volunteered for service in the British Army of World War I. At first, his spirits are high as he completes basic training, but his tone becomes grim once he reaches the front. To ease his son's worries, Johnny's dad carves him little figurines that reflect his experiences in the war. Comprised of letters from his father, followed by Johhny's feelings, Lord of the Nutcracker Men is a haunting and poignant tale. Author Iain Lawrence has written numerous books for young adults, including Ghost Boy and The Smugglers.
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by Iain Lawrence
"London-born Steven Crossley creates the sounds of war--guns, airplanes, soldiers' pain--as he reads letters sent to 10-year-old Johnny by his dad, a British toy-maker turned soldier. Horrors of war reach the muddy backyard where Johnny uses his hand-carved wooden soldiers to play out the battles his beloved father faces in the trenches of France during WWI. German accents of the enemy are performed with equal excellence as the listener is pulled deeper and deeper into the suffering and despair all soldiers feel as they confront war's agonies. D.P.M. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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