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Gemini Summer (2006)

by Iain Lawrence

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This book is basically about a young boy named Danny. He wants a dog more than anything. His brother, Beau, wants to be an astronaut when he grows up. When Beau suddenly dies, Danny and his family changes forever. Then, when Danny gets a dog, he is convinced that Beau is inside him and tries to prove that to his parents. He names him rocket and goes on many adventures with him. That`s it for the plot. This book I would probably give a three out of five. I loved the plot, but the chapters were extremely short. The setting took place in 1964 and 1965 and they pointed out notable events in history. The vocabulary and the way people talked fit in the time the plot took place in. The names fit in the plot as well. The plot was well planed and organized. The dialogue was mild as well.
  JamesG.B1 | Oct 22, 2014 |
What is it about stories of boys and their dogs? They get me every time! This story is about a boy who is feeling lost after the death of his older brother. We have a chance to meet the older brother, an "All-American" teenage obsessed with space during the 1960's, and we feel the boy's grief keenly. Then comes a stray dog who seems to channel the departed brother's soul comes along, and the boy pours all of his love into him. But, when "Rocket" gets into some trouble, the boy goes to extremes to save him. Tear-jerker alert!
A historical fiction novel good for grades 5+
  scducharme | Jun 28, 2009 |
Danny and Beau Rivers are brothers growing up in the 1960s. Danny wants a dog, and Beau wants to be an astronaut like Gus Grissom. A tragic accident changes Danny's life forever, and subsequent events are difficult for Danny's parents to believe. It is up to Danny, who never questions that his brother Beau is back, to find a way to keep Rocket alive. ( )
  JRlibrary | Dec 30, 2007 |
One family leads it's life of joys and sorrows amidst the beginnings of both the Vietnam War and the space race. The father is obsessed with building a fallout shelter for the family, the mother spends most of her time in the basement writing the next 'Gone With the Wind', and then there are the boys, one who wants to be an astronaut while the other who wants nothing more than to have a dog. The vivid portrayal of life during this time reminded me so much of the movie 'Stand By Me'. Tragedy hits this family and the way they suffer, the way they deal and the way they cope is riveting. The writing was mesmerizing, I found myself pulled into this book and living along side the characters. For me this was a perfect book, a reader couldn't ask for more. A beautiful, wonderful story of family. Highly recommended! ( )
  ElizaJane | Oct 31, 2007 |
A brother's grief over the death of his older brother is eased when a stray dog adopts him. Somehow he comes to believe that his brother lives within the dog and he sets out to accomplish his brother's dream of seeing a rocket launched
  prkcs | Oct 29, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385730896, Hardcover)

In the quiet of Hog's Hollow, each member of the River family pursues a dream. Old Man River sets out to build a fallout shelter in case the war in Vietnam "brings the end of everything;" his wife Flo, who collects Gone with the Wind dolls, attempts to pen her own Southern saga; Beau, their older son, suffers from "space fever" and aspires to be an astronaut. As for Danny, the younger River boy, well, he just dreams of having a dog. Then in the spring of 1965 tragedy befalls the Rivers--a tragedy that makes the Old Man wish he'd never started building the shelter, stops Flo from finishing her bestseller, and leaves Beau grounded rather than airborne. But the tragedy does finally bring a dog into Danny's life. And not just any old dog. Danny comes to believe that the mixed-breed stray embodies the spirit of someone he dearly loves. He won't allow anyone to separate him from the dog, not even after it bites the neighborhood bully and the police are sent to take it away. Together Danny and his dog run off, heading toward Cape Caneveral, where the Gemini missions blast off from, and where dreams come true.

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In 1965, Danny's grief over the death of his older brother Beau is eased when a stray puppy adopts him, but he soon realizes that Beau is somehow in the dog, and sets out to make his brother's dream of seeing a rocket launch at Cape Kennedy come true.… (more)

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