Because of the point of view taken by the author, the young reader will almost unquestioningly believe in the old wooden soldiers which eight year old Max Morley finds in his attic. From listening to grownups around, Max soon realizes that he possesses the original, now highly valued soldiers of the Brontes. Max is their new Genie; he talks with the soldiers and soon knows many of them individually. The Young Men"" only ""go wooden"" when strangers are present. When Philip, Max's older brother plans to try and sell the soldiers to an interested American, the plot thickens, as the ""twelve"" begin a return march to their ancestral home, Haworth. An excellent story based on fascinating material, -- the three young Morleys (Max, his sister Anne, the second Genie, and Philip who finally becomes the third Geine) are well developed through dialogue, and several of the soldiers (especially Butter Creashey and Stumps) will become memorable acquaintances of the young reader. Also perfect for chapter by chapter bedside reading.