Shooting the Moon
JAMIE 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... show more
JAMIE 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.
Publish date: January 29th 2008
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 176
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Middle Grade
Another great Francis O'Roark Dowell book. This is the story of Jamie. She and her brother TJ have always looked up to their father, the Colonel. But when TJ enlists in the army to serve in the Vietnam war, the Colonel is less than pleased. Jamie, however is thrilled. She asks TJ to send her letters...
This will be a rather small review, and my first, but I'll just say that it was a smaller book.First off, it started off good. Twelve year old girl, Jamie, and her older brother, TJ, who I think is about five years older. Jamie's dad is the Cornell in the army, and her mother is a stay at home mom. ...
"But the Colonel seemed to want me to be happy, and he seemed genuinely pleased when I was happy, and that struck me as a pretty good definition of love when you got right down to it."
I loved this book. It's a first-person narrative told by Jamie, the daughter of a Colonel at Fort Hood during the Vietnam War. At the beginning of the book, Jamie is firmly pro-war. She says that if she were old enough, she'd join up herself and drive an ambulance or something, because she would ...
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