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Shooting the Moon Hardcover – January 29, 2008
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Jamie Dexter is a card shark, an army brat, and her father's daughter.Read more ›
Jamie Dexter is a military brat whose father is a colonel and whose brother has enlisted to be sent to Vietnam. As the story progresses Jamie, who has been pro-war and battle-ready her whole life, begins to reconsider things as she sees her brother's photos from Vietnam. Instead of sending her letters to describe the war, he sends her his undeveloped film rolls to show her. No words, just photos. And in each roll, a photo of the moon.
I feel that this book would work better with older elementary students, only because a coinciding study of Vietnam would be much easier to get into more deeply. The reading level is probably a bit lower than 5th grade, making it an ideal book for a book club who can handle more complex subject matter and high level mature discussions, but perhaps requires a shorter, less dense text. Great themes to explore here, and (at least for this reader, who never even had any siblings gone to war) strong emotional connections.
I thought the book was good, very readable, with good chronological order, which helps young readers make more sense of what they read. I could identify with the main character, Jamie. I was a girl during the Vietnam war, I had a father who had been in the military and who thought the war was just. I idolized my father like Jamie idolizes hers. The premise of the book was okay--how a young girl feels about the war her brother is fighting in. Overall, it wasn't bad.
However...(you knew that was coming)...the story falls a little flat because of poor character development, lack of depth in the story development and a hugely unsatisfying ending. It ends so abruptly that I had to look up the author's bio to see if she died before she finished the book. It was the only explanation I could think of to end the book on such an odd place.
Although Jamie, the main character, spends a lot of time with several of the side characters, we find out little about them. Yes, soldiers are trained to be stoic, but the story would have been much better if the author would have let us have the tiniest peek behind the stoicism to see honest emotions. What did her best friend feel when his brother was killed? What emotions were below the surface when he discovered he was about to be shipped to the war? What did the other soldiers really think about Jamie's enthusiasm for war in general? Why didn't the Colonel try harder to prevent his son from enlisting? Just leaving hints about going to college instead of going to war really seems out of character for a hard-driven man who is used to being obeyed.
The mom almost doesn't exist at all. She seems to be in the novel simply to give Jamie a two-parent family.Read more ›
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I grew up as an Army brat. When I was 12-years-old, my family and I accompanied my father to Viet Nam. Read morePublished 14 months ago by kathyd
I loved this audiobook! The writing was so concise and interesting that I want to look for other books by this author. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Love2Knit
It head an amazing book and that is coming from an 11 year old kid that is in middle schoolPublished 17 months ago by kasey mcallister
There is No point in the storyline just Jamie chatting and playing cards. I did not enjoy this book at allPublished 18 months ago by Linus
Enjoyed the book. Received in a timely manner & all expectations were met. Got closer to my son & shared time together. A worthwhile endeavor. Recommended.Published 21 months ago by Gerhard
What a great author. The book was written very good. I would recommend this book for kids all around the worldPublished 23 months ago by kiyah wolter
Well written and relatable topic for targeted audience. Draws audience to other works written by author. Will purchase additional books by this author.Published 24 months ago by Cgrams
This is a great book of a army family stationed in Texas. But when Jamie needs a summer job. She ends up ends up working at the rec center. Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by The unknown sorcerer