Shooting the Moon

Shooting the Moon[Download] ➾ Shooting the Moon By Frances O'Roark Dowell – Oaklandjobs.co.uk 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 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 Shooting the PDF \ 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. 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. 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 ne 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 fight and die for your country Seems like the Colonel would be pleased as punch to have TJ enlist and go to Vietnam to fight instead of going to college, but oddly enough that doesn t seem to be the case Still, off TJ goes and before he leaves Jamie asks him to write her letters about everything he sees and feels over there Except that TJ doesn t do that Instead he sends her rolls of black and white film he s taken over there with very precise instructions Jamie No facilities here Please develop and send contact sheets Of course, that means that Jamie has to learn how to develop film, and she does when she gets a chance And through TJ s lens, Jamie seesthan just what it s like in Vietnam She now hears the experiences of the soldiers that walk through the rec center where she works She sees her father as a man and not a larger than life figure And she begins to understand that sometimes things aren t as simple as you would like them to be.Reading my description of the book I know that you might be a little worried It sounds like a book inclined to get preachy, doesn t it I m as anti war as the best of them, but there s nothing worse than a work of fiction for kids that gets all holier than thou, proselytizing its views on war and how it s naughty But Frances O Roark Dowell isn t going to play that game For one thing, she really is an army brat For another, she s a good writer This isn t a book that tells you what to believe It s a book that starts with someone who thinks that they know what to think only to find that the world is a complicated place It was a complicated place in the late 60s and it s a complicated place today Which is not to say that you can t take a moral or a lesson out of this book if you want to It s only giving you an option.There is a school of thought that says that if you place a story in history, you better have a darn good reason for doing so So the question becomes, could Dowell have set this story in the here and now rather than the past Would it have served the moral better The answer is no, there is no other time period that would have better served this story For one thing, you could have a character taking pictures with black and white film, but digital cameras are undoubtedlyprobable today And you could have sent TJ to Iraq instead of Vietnam, but part of the reason the end of this book works as well as it does is because we can look at the past and learn from it.The thing is, this is a book that s easy to love You love the people in it I, for one, loved the character of Jamie She felt true and real and interesting She also carries her certainties with her on her sleeve I was six months away from turning thirteen and I thought I knew everything Can t say it any plainer than that not to mention that it carries a whiff of To Kill a Mockingbird Really, every character in this book and there aren t that many appears with all three dimensions firmly intact For example, Jamie describes Cindy Lorenzo, a girl who is somewhat learning disabled, as being nervous and excitable and shaky around the edges She hit and bit Pitch perfect, that.As for the writing itself, Dowell s book is only 176 pages and she packs each one with interesting text Chapter Two, for example, begins, We were stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, a flat piece of real estate that threatened to burst into flames every afternoon from June through September Or the first sentences of Chapter Four, TJ s first letter to me wasn t a letter at all It was a roll of film You can see that Dowell includes equal parts interest and good writing, and the effect is tight This is a book that doesn t mince words It gets right to the point every time and doesn t sacrifice anything in the process Rare You don t know the half of it The writing and the editing on this puppy must have been intense.It s hard to find fault here I do know at least one person who thought it a little odd that the book didn t concentrateon the moon landing and how that would have affected the characters The book is called Shooting the Moon after all But Dowell covers her bases, having TJ speculate at times about the idea that there are human footprints on the moon s surface Classrooms of children will someday be asked what the moon signifies to TJ and to Jamie I can already see it My questions and concerns about the book were a littlebasic I would have liked a littlebackground on the Colonel s past Did he serve in WWII or Korea Does he know what real combat is like Does this inform what he feels about his own son enlisting And maybe an explanation of where Jamie is getting all this photographic paper and chemicals for developing her brother s pictures would have been nice I assume that the army provided all this free of charge in their rec center but we don t know it for a fact.Otherwise it s as fine a book as you could hope for With its magnificent backing and forthing within the story s timeline, its spot on characterization, its plot, writing, and general kid friendly text always important and seldom recognized Frances O Roark Dowell hasthan just a winner here She has a classic 2008 required reading for any and for all 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 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 Evenstartling 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 that her own father is equally capable of thinking for himself and coming to his own conclusions about the war.With the exception of Jamie s mom, who remains somewhat of a cardboard figure, every character is carefully drawn, from gawky Private Hollister to Jamie s needy neighbor Cindy TJ is enigmatic Was it a desire to please his dad that led him to enlist, or maybe a childish desire to see new and exotic places Why did he always love taking pictures of the moon, and why did he revert to his old hobby I imagined him becoming so shell shocked that he preferred to point his camera up at the sky at night rather than down at the misery and heartache all around him under the harsh light of day We learn that he comes home safely after two years as a POW, and the moon photos allow us to guess that his sensitivity probably made these years a hell for him even as his creativity gave him the resilience to survive.This is a heavy topic, but Jamie s matter of fact voice and the plentiful touches of humor keep things from getting too grim or sentimental In fact, the true hell of that war is kept at a distance from both Jamie and the reader, although we can guess at the anguish that her family will feel at knowing nothing about TJ s fate or whereabouts for a long, long time when, after mentioning that her brother does come home from the prison camp eventually, Jamie says as the book s last sentence, But we didn t know that yet What a powerful and subtle way of summing up what this family will go through it gave me a jolt that I m sure many perceptive young readers will feel as well.Grades 5 8 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 boring But this was still a decent book By the title you would think someone will destroy the moon, but, Jamie s brother is just taking pictures of the moon. I first read this in middle school after I bought it at the Scholastic Book Fair, and I just reread again today At less than 200 pages, there s not much to say proceeds to say a lot It s a good coming of age family story The book, narrated by 12 and 3 4 year old Jamie, alternates between the present with TJ at war and the past from his enlistment to actually being sent off to Vietnam At first these transitions between past and present were so slick that I hardly noticed them I just thou I first read this in middle school after I bought it at the Scholastic Book Fair, and I just reread again today At less than 200 pages, there s not much to say proceeds to say a lot It s a good coming of age family story The book, narrated by 12 and 3 4 year old Jamie, alternates between the present with TJ at war and the past from his enlistment to actually being sent off to Vietnam At first these transitions between past and present were so slick that I hardly noticed them I just thought she was telling about given moments with her family, rather than going chronologically through the past and present side by side this is a compliment The descriptions are really good, especially when Jamie talks about what she likes in a certain photograph Overall she s great at describing critical moments and how she feels at different times Something I really enjoyed about this book as a kid and now is how gin rummy and photo development are a big part of the plotline and yet you really don t need to understand anything about them to read and enjoy the story I just think it s really cool that O Roark Dowell accomplished that many other authors would not be able to do so Random notes I like how Jamie seems hyper aware that she is a girl and mentions it a lot but she s not really girly or anything like that Originally I didn t understand the point of the plot with the 11 year old girl whose name I already forget Cindy , but then I ended up really liking it Overall a deep, quick read Would recommend for middle schoolers and older Even having read it before, I couldn t predict the end.Favorite parts view spoiler The part where Jamie is talking about how different TJ has become and will be after the war and whether he ll even remember how they used to play as kids The part when the 11 year old says she likes to pretend like her and Jamie are sisters My most favorite part is when Jamie looks at the photograph TJ took of their father and she thinks he looks like someone who hates his job hide spoiler Read in 2019.A great book about photography, military, family, friends and being together A great book about war and what military life is like A somewhat sad ending, but it s a great overall book. 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 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 that made him different from the Colonel, she writes Up until this he walked with his father.The shooting the moon reference could have been to cards playing gin rummy was a summer activity at the base rec center for Jamie or to the photos of the moon her brother sends with each roll of film After he enlisted, he started taking pictures of the moon, lots of them.Perhaps a bit too resolved at the end I don t mind being left to make up my own endings, most of the time, because life is that way How can you write a book about anything that has a real ending, because where is the ending Vietnam ended but haunts the lives of people to this day Is it really over 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 l 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 comparisons to what is going on today are many Right now as our leaders try to figure out Afghanistan there are many who are comparing it to Vietnam Our commanders are working with leaders from this past era to try to make better choices so that history does not repeat itself Shooting the Moon would be a great starting point for students to start to understand war and its affects 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 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 long gin rummy tournament, learnsabout the war and people from the many soldiers she gets to know.I loved the succinctness of this novel there were no extraneous words I loved the relationship with 6 year old Cindy, who lives across the street I loved seeing Jaime begin to view the world and her most familiar people in it differently The telling is as luminous at the moon is

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    Shooting the Moon PDF/EPUB Ç Shooting the PDF \ 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. 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. 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 ne 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 fight and die for your country Seems like the Colonel would be pleased as punch to have TJ enlist and go to Vietnam to fight instead of going to college, but oddly enough that doesn t seem to be the case Still, off TJ goes and before he leaves Jamie asks him to write her letters about everything he sees and feels over there Except that TJ doesn t do that Instead he sends her rolls of black and white film he s taken over there with very precise instructions Jamie No facilities here Please develop and send contact sheets Of course, that means that Jamie has to learn how to develop film, and she does when she gets a chance And through TJ s lens, Jamie seesthan just what it s like in Vietnam She now hears the experiences of the soldiers that walk through the rec center where she works She sees her father as a man and not a larger than life figure And she begins to understand that sometimes things aren t as simple as you would like them to be.Reading my description of the book I know that you might be a little worried It sounds like a book inclined to get preachy, doesn t it I m as anti war as the best of them, but there s nothing worse than a work of fiction for kids that gets all holier than thou, proselytizing its views on war and how it s naughty But Frances O Roark Dowell isn t going to play that game For one thing, she really is an army brat For another, she s a good writer This isn t a book that tells you what to believe It s a book that starts with someone who thinks that they know what to think only to find that the world is a complicated place It was a complicated place in the late 60s and it s a complicated place today Which is not to say that you can t take a moral or a lesson out of this book if you want to It s only giving you an option.There is a school of thought that says that if you place a story in history, you better have a darn good reason for doing so So the question becomes, could Dowell have set this story in the here and now rather than the past Would it have served the moral better The answer is no, there is no other time period that would have better served this story For one thing, you could have a character taking pictures with black and white film, but digital cameras are undoubtedlyprobable today And you could have sent TJ to Iraq instead of Vietnam, but part of the reason the end of this book works as well as it does is because we can look at the past and learn from it.The thing is, this is a book that s easy to love You love the people in it I, for one, loved the character of Jamie She felt true and real and interesting She also carries her certainties with her on her sleeve I was six months away from turning thirteen and I thought I knew everything Can t say it any plainer than that not to mention that it carries a whiff of To Kill a Mockingbird Really, every character in this book and there aren t that many appears with all three dimensions firmly intact For example, Jamie describes Cindy Lorenzo, a girl who is somewhat learning disabled, as being nervous and excitable and shaky around the edges She hit and bit Pitch perfect, that.As for the writing itself, Dowell s book is only 176 pages and she packs each one with interesting text Chapter Two, for example, begins, We were stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, a flat piece of real estate that threatened to burst into flames every afternoon from June through September Or the first sentences of Chapter Four, TJ s first letter to me wasn t a letter at all It was a roll of film You can see that Dowell includes equal parts interest and good writing, and the effect is tight This is a book that doesn t mince words It gets right to the point every time and doesn t sacrifice anything in the process Rare You don t know the half of it The writing and the editing on this puppy must have been intense.It s hard to find fault here I do know at least one person who thought it a little odd that the book didn t concentrateon the moon landing and how that would have affected the characters The book is called Shooting the Moon after all But Dowell covers her bases, having TJ speculate at times about the idea that there are human footprints on the moon s surface Classrooms of children will someday be asked what the moon signifies to TJ and to Jamie I can already see it My questions and concerns about the book were a littlebasic I would have liked a littlebackground on the Colonel s past Did he serve in WWII or Korea Does he know what real combat is like Does this inform what he feels about his own son enlisting And maybe an explanation of where Jamie is getting all this photographic paper and chemicals for developing her brother s pictures would have been nice I assume that the army provided all this free of charge in their rec center but we don t know it for a fact.Otherwise it s as fine a book as you could hope for With its magnificent backing and forthing within the story s timeline, its spot on characterization, its plot, writing, and general kid friendly text always important and seldom recognized Frances O Roark Dowell hasthan just a winner here She has a classic 2008 required reading for any and for all 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 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 Evenstartling 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 that her own father is equally capable of thinking for himself and coming to his own conclusions about the war.With the exception of Jamie s mom, who remains somewhat of a cardboard figure, every character is carefully drawn, from gawky Private Hollister to Jamie s needy neighbor Cindy TJ is enigmatic Was it a desire to please his dad that led him to enlist, or maybe a childish desire to see new and exotic places Why did he always love taking pictures of the moon, and why did he revert to his old hobby I imagined him becoming so shell shocked that he preferred to point his camera up at the sky at night rather than down at the misery and heartache all around him under the harsh light of day We learn that he comes home safely after two years as a POW, and the moon photos allow us to guess that his sensitivity probably made these years a hell for him even as his creativity gave him the resilience to survive.This is a heavy topic, but Jamie s matter of fact voice and the plentiful touches of humor keep things from getting too grim or sentimental In fact, the true hell of that war is kept at a distance from both Jamie and the reader, although we can guess at the anguish that her family will feel at knowing nothing about TJ s fate or whereabouts for a long, long time when, after mentioning that her brother does come home from the prison camp eventually, Jamie says as the book s last sentence, But we didn t know that yet What a powerful and subtle way of summing up what this family will go through it gave me a jolt that I m sure many perceptive young readers will feel as well.Grades 5 8 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 boring But this was still a decent book By the title you would think someone will destroy the moon, but, Jamie s brother is just taking pictures of the moon. I first read this in middle school after I bought it at the Scholastic Book Fair, and I just reread again today At less than 200 pages, there s not much to say proceeds to say a lot It s a good coming of age family story The book, narrated by 12 and 3 4 year old Jamie, alternates between the present with TJ at war and the past from his enlistment to actually being sent off to Vietnam At first these transitions between past and present were so slick that I hardly noticed them I just thou I first read this in middle school after I bought it at the Scholastic Book Fair, and I just reread again today At less than 200 pages, there s not much to say proceeds to say a lot It s a good coming of age family story The book, narrated by 12 and 3 4 year old Jamie, alternates between the present with TJ at war and the past from his enlistment to actually being sent off to Vietnam At first these transitions between past and present were so slick that I hardly noticed them I just thought she was telling about given moments with her family, rather than going chronologically through the past and present side by side this is a compliment The descriptions are really good, especially when Jamie talks about what she likes in a certain photograph Overall she s great at describing critical moments and how she feels at different times Something I really enjoyed about this book as a kid and now is how gin rummy and photo development are a big part of the plotline and yet you really don t need to understand anything about them to read and enjoy the story I just think it s really cool that O Roark Dowell accomplished that many other authors would not be able to do so Random notes I like how Jamie seems hyper aware that she is a girl and mentions it a lot but she s not really girly or anything like that Originally I didn t understand the point of the plot with the 11 year old girl whose name I already forget Cindy , but then I ended up really liking it Overall a deep, quick read Would recommend for middle schoolers and older Even having read it before, I couldn t predict the end.Favorite parts view spoiler The part where Jamie is talking about how different TJ has become and will be after the war and whether he ll even remember how they used to play as kids The part when the 11 year old says she likes to pretend like her and Jamie are sisters My most favorite part is when Jamie looks at the photograph TJ took of their father and she thinks he looks like someone who hates his job hide spoiler Read in 2019.A great book about photography, military, family, friends and being together A great book about war and what military life is like A somewhat sad ending, but it s a great overall book. 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 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 that made him different from the Colonel, she writes Up until this he walked with his father.The shooting the moon reference could have been to cards playing gin rummy was a summer activity at the base rec center for Jamie or to the photos of the moon her brother sends with each roll of film After he enlisted, he started taking pictures of the moon, lots of them.Perhaps a bit too resolved at the end I don t mind being left to make up my own endings, most of the time, because life is that way How can you write a book about anything that has a real ending, because where is the ending Vietnam ended but haunts the lives of people to this day Is it really over 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 l 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 comparisons to what is going on today are many Right now as our leaders try to figure out Afghanistan there are many who are comparing it to Vietnam Our commanders are working with leaders from this past era to try to make better choices so that history does not repeat itself Shooting the Moon would be a great starting point for students to start to understand war and its affects 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 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 long gin rummy tournament, learnsabout the war and people from the many soldiers she gets to know.I loved the succinctness of this novel there were no extraneous words I loved the relationship with 6 year old Cindy, who lives across the street I loved seeing Jaime begin to view the world and her most familiar people in it differently The telling is as luminous at the moon is "/>
  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • Shooting the Moon
  • Frances O'Roark Dowell
  • English
  • 18 July 2019
  • 1416979867