What Jamie Saw

What Jamie Saw by Carolyn Coman                                                                                  Arden:  Front Street, 1995

126 pages  Grades 5-6

Jamie is nine years old and lives with his mom, his baby sister Nin and Van.  Van is mom’s boyfriend.  The first page starts off with Van coming in to Jamie and Nin’s room because baby Nin is non-stop crying.  Van loses control and picks up baby Nin and throws her against the wall. Mom walks in just in time to catch baby Nin.  Mom packs up the kids and leaves the house that night.  This story tells the reader what it is like to afraid and fearful that someone that you know may hurt you.  Many feelings cannot be expressed by Jamie and so he displays some aggressive behavior.  Find out how Jamie’s family overcomes many challenges to become a new kind of family.

 Author website:  http://faculty.salisbury.edu/~elbond/jamiesaw.htm

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