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Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 7T5.327372


When twelve-year-old Jamie Dexter's brother joins the Army and is sent to Vietnam, Jamie is plum thrilled. She can't wait to get letters from the front lines describing the excitement of real-life combat: the sound of helicopters, the smell of gunpowder, the exhilaration of being right in the thick of it. After all, they've both dreamed of following in the footsteps of their father, the Colonel.

But TJ's first letter isn't a letter at all. It's a roll of undeveloped film, the first of many. What Jamie sees when she develops TJ's photographs reveals a whole new side of the war. Slowly the shine begins to fade off of Army life - and the Colonel. How can someone she's worshipped her entire life be just as helpless to save her brother as she is?

From the author of the Edgar Award-winning Dovey Coe comes a novel, both timely and timeless, about the sacrifices we make for what we believe and the people we love.
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published on January 29, 2008 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1416926909
ISBN-13: 9781416926900
3 Book Reviews
  • crazykid
    crazykidTuesday, March 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm44 stars
    This an awsome book so far it has so many cliff hangers make sure to read this book. :) :)
    • HopeThursday, September 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm
      Francis O'Roark Dowell is one of my favorite authors.
      • bunnypanda
        bunnypandaWednesday, September 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm55 stars
        This book is the bomb! I think that everyone with a family member or wants to go into the military should read this book. Frances O'Roark Dowell is a great author. I want to read other books by him.