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Shooting the Moon by Frances O'Roark Dowell
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bookshelves: grades-5-6, historical-fiction, war-stories

12-year-old Jamie Dexter has known the army her whole life. Her and her brother, TJ, have spent years dreaming about what it would be like to be in the midst of combat - the thrill and excitement of the whole experience. When TJ turns 18, the first thing he does is enlist in the army. Their father, a Colonel, tries every which way to convince TJ to change his mind and continue with his plans to attend medical school, but TJ is determined to see some action in Vietnam. Jamie can't understand where the Colonel's hesitance is coming from, he's been in the army for his entire adult life, but as TJ sends photos from Vietnam for Jamie to develop, she gets a clearer picture of what combat life is really like and begins to realize that being in a war zone might not be all it's cracked up to be.
A fairly quick read that will appeal to fans of historical fiction and start some good discussions on the merits of war. Although not my favorite book, it will have more immediacy to it's intended audience ala Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.
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