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Pictures, 1918 Hardcover – September 1, 1998
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up-A novel set in rural Texas during World War I. The story begins with a suspicious barnyard fire that claims the life of Asia's beloved pet rabbit. In the days that follow, the teen's longtime friend, Nick Grissom, and his cousin Boy, who has just moved in with Nick's family, compete for her attention. Asia senses that there is something dangerous about Boy, and soon realizes that her feelings for Nick run deep. Meanwhile, she sees a Kodak Autographic camera in the drugstore window, earns the money to purchase it, begins to experiment, and eventually becomes an apprentice to the town photographer. Woven into this story line are subplots about other unexplained fires, Asia's grandmother's growing dementia, concerns about the war, and the limitations set on women at the time. The dominant theme of Asia's desire to take pictures is slow moving, and readers may wonder when the camera will play a larger role. However, the characters are believable and unique. The author presents Grandmama in an especially realistic and endearing way, addressing her gradual dementia and its effects on her granddaughter. Boy's anger is explained as his past is revealed. Through the first-person narrative, Asia shares her thoughts and insights. This novel should appeal to those who enjoy historical fiction with a little romance. Although events unfold slowly, Ingold draws readers in and makes them want to know and understand the characters as they grow and change.
Susan Knell, Pittsburgh State University, Pittsburgh, KS
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 6^-9. Growing up during World War I, 15-year-old Asia falls in love immediately with the Kodak Autographic Camera in the window at Peats Pharmacy and, more gradually, with her old friend and neighbor, Nick. The plot thickens as she deals with different challenges: learning photography; the strictures placed upon young ladies; and her confused emotions about Nick and his cousin, Boy. There is also the issue of the fires an arsonist is setting in Asia's west Texas community. As she grows in confidence and understanding, Asia finds strength in her relationship with her grandmother and in the power of her art to reveal truth. Ingold weaves several strand of plot into a convincing narrative, but it is the fine characterization, particularly of Asia and her grandmother, that lies at the heart of this satisfying novel. At its best, the novel captures the nuances of ambivalent relationships, as well as the clarity of vision, that people can sometimes achieve. For Asia, it is usually through her photographs. Carolyn Phelan
Top customer reviews
The book I read was called Pictures, 1918. It is a wholesome book written by Jeanette Ingolds. This story's setting takes place in Dust Crossing, Texas during the first World War which occurred during the early 1900s. The main character Asia McKinna is a sixteen year old who endures a fire in her chicken house where her beloved rabbit is killed. Asia wishes that she could have taken a picture of the rabbit to have a visual remembrance of him. She also wants to have a picture of her close friend Nick Grissom who is going off to college at A&M or war. This leads her to wanting an Autographic camera that is displayed at Mr. Riley's camera shop. By babysitting and doing odd jobs for her mother and grandmother, she tries to earn money to buy the camera that she so desperately needs. Between all this Asia is dealing with problems at home. Her family is still trying to figure out who set fire to their chicken house. Asia is also terrified that Nick will get sent to Germany to fight in the war, or go to college. Asia doesn't want him to go because she will miss him and have no one else to talk to but her sister May and annoying brother Homer. Her grandmother's debilitating illness makes her and her family feel preoccupied. Asia's grandmother is suffering from Alzheimer's which wasn't known as a disease back then. Along with this Asia has to deal with Boy Blackwell, Nick's cousin who is furious with the war. I really enjoyed this book because it was so well written and interesting. I think this would be an awesome book for you to read so go and check it out.