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Shooting the Moon

  Dowell, Frances O'Roark

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 163
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Historical fiction

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Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award Nominee

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Jamie, almost 13, is thrilled that her brother has joined the Army and been sent to Vietnam. She has grown up an Army brat and thinks that there is nothing greater or more exciting than following in the footsteps of her father, the Colonel. When her brother leaves, Jamie can’t wait for his letters. She’s sure they’ll be filled with the war stories she’s always dreamed of. But Jamie’s brother’s letters aren’t letters at all. They’re rolls of film and he wants Jamie to develop them. Through the film she soon learns a side of war that she didn’t expect.

This book is extremely well written. The characters are real and interesting. If I have any criticism about this book, it’s that I’d like to know more about each of the characters in the story. I was sorry when this book ended.

Reviewed by: Karen Trier on 7/18/2008

This slim volume is so powerful. Jamie's love of the army lifestyle are shaken to the core when her brother heads off to Vietnam and she discovers the horrors of war. Dowell's writing is wonderful. She creates characters that are very memorable.

Reviewed by: Linda Sawyer on 4/25/2009

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