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Shooting the Moon by Frances O'Roark Dowell
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Sep 22, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: 7th-grade-books, 7th-grad-books-that-were-just-okay

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 though he was being honest to Jamie and dishonest to his parents so they would not get worried. Seeing these pictures, Jamie learned that war is not a victorious, invigorating, exciting march to the finish. War is bloody, brutal, a taker of youth. Also, Jamie’s relationship with her father changed dramatically in that summer. Jamie went with a lot of courage and demanded respect and to be treated like an adult by her father.
Overall, this book was a very easy read. The writing was not splendid, but it had a dramatic plot. I would not read other books by this author, but it did the trick. It was not boring at least. It was made more interesting with my connection to Jamie Dexter. My brother is thinking about going to war, and I am proud of him, but scared for him.

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September 22, 2010 – Shelved
September 22, 2010 – Shelved as: 7th-grade-books
January 23, 2011 – Shelved as: 7th-grad-books-that-were-just-okay

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