Monday, November 25, 2013

Shooting the Moon by Frances O'Roarke Dowell

Jamie is a 12-year-old Army brat whose brother, TJ, has graduated and going off to war--The Vietnam War.  Jamie cannot wait to hear all about his war experiences, but TJ does not write her any letters.  Instead he sends her undeveloped rolls of film and asks her to develop them and send the proof sheet back to him. Jamie learns to develop film and becomes quite good at it.  At first, she is very disappointed that he does not write letters to her until she sees the story of the war in his pictures.
This is an excellent book about relationships, family, and the tragedy of war.  I highly recommend this book, but I will tell you that the ending though realistic was very disappointing for this reader.  What do I mean by it and find out.

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