Shooting the Moon

Shooting the MoonJAMIE THINKS HER FATHER CAN DO ANYTHING UNTIL THE ONE TIME HE CAN DO NOTHING 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. Every single word is spare, perfect, inevitable It has a brilliant first sentence and a heartbreaking last the final scene is a jab to the heart A Newbery contender right now, no matter what other gems the year brings us. I ve written about this before, but there s a flush of appreciation a reviewer experiences when they discover a great author that they ve never read before Even if that person has been around for years In the case of Frances O Roark Dowell, I d read her first Phineas L MacGuire book and I thought it was great Still, I d never gotten around to reading some of her better known works for older readers I d never picked up Dovey Coe or Chicken Boy or even The Secret Language of Girls It just never came up Still, I figure a person s got to start somewhere and so the book I decided to begin with her newest title, the historically minded Shooting the Moon A lot of people love Ms Dowell and maybe they ve become unable to tell one great book of hers from another To those people I say this This book is amazing Top notch, wonderful, humorous, meaningful, with a pull and a hit in the gut that ll knock a readers socks off What we ve got here is a title that has an excellent chance of engaging every reader that comes across it And timely doesn t even begin to describe it.Jamie Dexter is a card shark, an army brat, and her father s daughter She and her older brother TJ were raised to love the United States Army by their father, the Colonel, and as far as they re concerned the greatest thing in the entire world is getting a chance to fig
Beautifully written Very concise nothing extra to bog down a young reader Not too intense on the face of it but a reader with any imagination will understand the horror But did I enjoy this historical fiction enough to give it four stars No, not quite I only admire and recommend it. If Jamie had the good luck to be an 18 year old boy instead of a 12 year old girl, she d enlist in the army so fast, it d make your head spin But she isn t, and so she volunteers at the rec center, keeping things tidy and playing endless games of gin rummy with her friend Private Hollister It s her older brother TJ who chooses to enlist rather than go to college, and he is sent to Vietnam as a combat medic, much to TJ s excitement and envy Strangely, their father the Colonel, who is chief of staff at Fort Hood and apparently a gung ho hooah Army man through and through, doesn t seem nearly so thrilled about TJ s decision.When TJ, always an enthusiastic amateur photographer, begins sending rolls of film to Jamie from Vietnam, she learns to develop them so that she can send TJ the contact sheets This brings her in contact with Sgt Byrd, who has a way with words and a point of view about Vietnam that startles Jamie and makes her think Even startling are TJ s photos, which start out as innocuous shots of barracks and smiling soldiers but soon become grimmer as they depict the horrors of war It s not long after TJ sends back an entire roll of photos of the moon that he disappears.Jamie is a straightforward person she knows who she is, what she wants, and what she likes It s when the folks around her confound her expectations of them that she begins to question things Even so, it comes as a shock to her when she learns tha
I thought this book was a solid four because, it had features that really made the past stand out such as playing rummy But, the reason why it didn t get a greater rating is because, it only takes place in a couple of places, which made it a little bor
Shooting the Moon, by Frances O Roark Dowell is about a twelve year old girl, Jamie Dexter who grew up in an army family Her brother enlisted in the Vietnam War instead of going to college She fantasized about going into battle, but throughout the book, she learned the not so great reality of the army and of combat overall Much of the book took place in the army recreation center where she volunteered She made a long lasting friend there, named Private Hollister She and her older friend played a championship of Gin Rummy throughout the summer She also learned how to develop film in her long summer In the end, her brother was missing in action and was a Prisoner of War for two whole years Overall, the most interesting part of this book was Jamie s relationship with her brother, her father and war Many of Jamie s relationships changed that summer Her relationship with her brother and with war would never be the same To an onlooker, it seems as though Jamie and her brother became closer that summer Jamie s brother sent her film to develop, while he sent his parents boring letters Some of the pictures were of people wounded, with missing limbs and other graphic sights the real story It seemed as tho
I picked up this book because of the title shooting the moon is a term from the game Hearts and playing Hearts is a Good Father memory That the book is about fathers and daughters sealed the deal for me.I suppose its the southern ness of the author Frances O Roark Dowell can almost not be anything but southern that gives it a cadence similar to To Kill a Mockingbird Colonel Dexter is perhaps something like Atticus tall, professional and charming His daughter, Jamie, clearly adores him but somehow has realized that he is approachable Her brother chooses Vietnam over college and sends her film to develop instead of letters The story is woven with descriptions of her brother s discovery of photography as a young boy, and of her learning to develop film and becoming fascinated with the process, as well as the results There are references to post traumatic stress disorder, to the pointlessness of the war, to honor and duty and sacrifice It is a well written, excellent book.I was fascinated by the idea of choosing things that make us unlike our parents as part of the growing up process Taking pictures was about the first thing TJ ever did
Slight Not going on my list to buy.I found this book intensely frustrating because I feel that the author was heading for spare and headed right over the cliff into cryptic allusion For example, when the title is Shooting the Moon, and the protaganist plays card games, one might expect a reference to that version of shooting the moon, as well as the obvious photography angle I think this may bother me as an adult because I see the missed connections I know why a Vietnamese child might be running down a road, and what is , I have a picture to go with that I know about moon landings and pool tables and deployments, and all of these things are lightly skimmed Perhaps for kids it s just like reading fantasy, where you just accept that magic works.I was also frustrated by the tactile descriptions She describes the smell of stop bath, which is good, but I thought that the was a mere glance at the isolation and beauty of solitude in the dark room, mostly just focusing on printing And I choked a little on the idea of printing page after page of photos, because when I came up in darkrooms, it was EXPENSIVE.Ok, enough whining The story unfolds at a stately pace, with a set of characters who were well drawn I loved the Colonel and his acceptance of his tomboy daughter He was a complex and interesting character to me than the viewpoint char
Shooting the Moon takes place during the Vietnam War The main character, Jamie Dexter, is an army brat whose father is a colonel and brother, TJ, is getting ready to enlist in the army She believes in the war and would go herself if she was not too young Jamie is puzzled when her parents do not want TJ to go to Vietnam They do everything in their power to stop him from going, but it does not work TJ sends his parents generic letters, but he sends Jamie rolls of film He encourages her to learn how to develop the film which she does Through the pictures Jamie sees the brutality of war, and her feelings start to change She works on the army base and becomes friends with Private Hollister who has lost a brother to the war Jamie s experiences allow her to grow and change her perspective She matures and realizes that war is not just about patriotism and love of country, but about life and death This book is for 5 8th graders, but I enjoyed it as an adult It is historical fiction, but the
Jaime is a 12 and a half year old Army brat when the Vietnam War is being fought She refers to her dad in the 3rd person, as The Colonel She loves being in an Army family, and is super excited and proud when her brother enlists he is sent to Vietnam as a medic She thinks she knows everything, but boy, does she have a lot to learn Her brother, TJ is a great photographer and the Colonel wants him to go to college not into the army TJ sends Jaime rolls of film to develop, and she is forced to learn how She volunteers at the base Rec center, where she learns to develop film, has a summer lon

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  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • Shooting the Moon
  • Frances O'Roark Dowell
  • English
  • 25 January 2017
  • 9781416979869