“Pictures, 1918,” by Jeanette Ingold

“Pictures, 1918,” by Jeanette Ingold is a historical fiction novel about a teenage girl living in 1918.

When Asia first sees the Autographic, she knows right away that she must have it as her own. The camera is state of the art, incorporating all the latest developments in photography technology. Not only that, but it is also beautiful. But the camera costs $55 and in 1918, while World War I is being fought overseas, money is hard to come by, especially for “luxury items” such as cameras.

But Asia is determined to save up the money to buy this special camera, because she feels that with it as her tool she can finally capture the beautiful, and shocking, images around her. Asia's summer, as she works for the camera and finally begins to learn how to use it, is a great panorama of events, both wonderful and frightening, but with her camera by her side, she is ready.

Jeanette Ingold did an excellent job in writing “Pictures, 1918.” The storyline is not exactly exciting, but it has a very down to earth, realistic appeal created by its accurate representation of life in the early 1900's. In addition to the historical aspects of “Pictures, 1918,” the characters are rich and varied. Jeanette Ingold shares Asia's story in brief, descriptive passages that almost feel like looking through a picture album. I recommend “Pictures, 1918” to all young readers.

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Inkweaver Review 2009-01-03T09:19:00-06:00

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Anonymous said...

Intersting but the story seems to go by fast.