Misha's Nutcracker by Roman Yakub
Approx. 46,480 words.
Published on December 1, 2009.
Homeless 10-year old Misha sneaks into the back door of a large theater building where everyone is getting ready for the Nutcracker premiere. Misha dreams of joining the children-dancers, but his dream suddenly turns into a nightmare. This moving classic tale transports the reader into the modern day Russia where love, loyalty and the magic of theater battle with a corrupt and calculating world.