by Frances O'Roark Dowell
- Summary: When Jamie's older brother T.J. goes to Vietnam, she is excited and a little jealous. Their father is a Colonel in the army, and they've grown up playing "soldier" and dreaming of the excitement of the front lines. She eagerly awaits T.J's letters, but instead he simply sends her rolls of film. Jamie learns to develop them at the rec center, and slowly starts to understand that serving in the army is not as exciting and glorious as she once thought. She also begins to see why her parents - particularly her military-minded father - didn't want T.J. to enlist.
Thoughts: Wow. This is brief novel, but it packs a powerful punch. I loved how as Jamie learned to develop the photographs, she also developed a deeper understanding of war and the many issues that surround it. She was a perfect narrator with spunk, sass, and a growing maturity. This is a thought provoking story that is worth reading.