Sunrise over Fallujah

Sunrise over Fallujah

by Walter Dean Myers

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A powerful new novel about the heroics and horror of war from Walter Dean Myers, whose bestselling book FALLEN ANGELS celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Operation Iraqi Freedom, that's the code name. But the young men and women in the military's Civil Affairs Battalion have a simpler name for it: WAR.

In this new novel, Walter Dean Myers looks at a contemporary war with the same power and searing insight he brought to the Vietnam war of his classic, FALLEN ANGELS. He creates memorable characters like the book's narrator, Birdy, a young recruit from Harlem who's questioning why he even enlisted; Marla, a blond, tough-talking, wisecracking gunner; Jonesy, a guitar-playing bluesman who just wants to make it back to Georgia and open a club;

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439916257
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/15/2009
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 65,860
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Walter Dean Myers is the 2012 - 2013 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He is the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author an award-winning body of work which includes, SOMEWHERE IN THE DARKNESS, SLAM!, and MONSTER. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honor medals, five Coretta Scott King Author Awards, and three National Book Award Finalists citations. In addition, he is the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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Sunrise over Fallujah 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 109 reviews.
Motecizuma More than 1 year ago
Sunrise over Fallujah is a novel whose storyline pertains to the war in Iraq and how one soldier learns about the realism of war. The story follows the Invasion of Iraq through the eyes of Pvt. Scott Carpenter, an African-American soldier in the Public Relations Unit. In the Unit, he sees the war firsthand, like gruesome battle scenes and individual events that happen to each of the unit members. The themes that the book represents are courage, prejudice, and suffering in trials of war and hatred. I liked Sunrise over Fallujah because I really love war stories to heart and this book is now one of my favorites. It contains drama, some love, with a blast of action and suspense to keep the reader involved with the story. I didn't find anything wrong with the book other than a part that is VERY suggestive and inappropriate for some younger readers. People should read Sunrise Over Fallujah because it teaches the reader about the aspects of war and the view from not only an American standpoint, but also a view from the Iraqis natives there caught between the crossfire. Overall, I would rate this ***** (five stars), because I loved both the characters and the storyline itself. Other books I would recommend that are like this are Flags of Our Fathers and Black Hawk Down.
just_some_dude More than 1 year ago
a little mad about the ending right 1 more in the series. like one about monaco ( from fallen angles)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found out this is based on a true story in 2003 it dosnt suprise me because it seemed very real its a must buy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about a U.S. soldier who is in the Iraq War. He is assigned to the civil affairs team and his job is to make friends with the Iraqi people. He encounters many obstacles a long the way including lossing his friends and seeing people die which affects him inside. His missions arne't the ones that get in the front lines of the newspaper, but they are the most important it the Iraq war will be a success. I thought it was a very good book becuase it brings you into a soldiers life and it tells the book as if you were with the soliders in the war. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about war or wants to read about a soldier who is caught up in this horrible war where he dosn't know who the enemy is.
Dan-Skwir More than 1 year ago
Walter Dean Myer's book, Sunrise Over Fallujah, is a decent war story that takes place during the Iraq war. Robin "Birdy" Perry is a new recruit from New York, who decides to join the army since he is not sure of what he wants to do. He is assigned civil affairs, and gets along well with others in his group. They all think the war will end soon, but soon find out they will be here for much longer . The book was a very realistic story that told of how the war affects solders, and the terror and fear they face when they risk their lives everyday. Birdy also experiences the horrors of war, as he sees many innocent people die, and even some people close to him killed. Birdy begins questioning if America can win, and if he was right to sign up for the war in the first place. The book was a good read that had some really intense and heated moments of action. At other times, I found myself bored as the soldiers were waiting around with nothing to do, or as Birdy kept repeating over and over how the war was affecting him. I was able to pull myself past these parts though, as the book is a really light and simple read. Myers is never short on metaphors, similes, and imagery that helps depict the war to readers of the book. I might have not been impressed by this book because I have read plenty of other war stories, but I would recommend this book as a first war story to someone in junior high or a teenager. It would help them understand what our soldiers are currently going through in Iraq, and give them a glimpse of how a war affects a soldier.
mominschool More than 1 year ago
The characters in this story are likable and most of them seem real. I was concerned this would be a war story, but it is not. It is about a person who happens to be a soldier and how the war affects him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Sunrise Over Fallujah, a Military recruit named Robin "Birdy" Perry, finds himself engulfed in the horrors of war. In this book, Walter Dean Myers does an incredible job of capturing the real-life terror that faces all soldiers in combat situations. It is edgy, realistic, and an amazing book for the teenage audience. It begins with Robin "Birdy" Perry joining his Civil Affairs squad and leaving the U.S. for Iraq. Throughout the book, "Birdy" and his squad are dragged deeper and deeper into a war where they don't know who their enemies are or where they're coming from. Near the end of the book, "Birdy" finds himself wondering if the United States is really winning the war and whether he should have enlisted in the first place. The fact that the author has served in the Military is apparent, since his description of the day-to-day struggles of war are vivid and in-depth. This book's characters are diverse, and they are thoroughly flushed-out as the conflict drags on. The sad truth that no one is safe in a war is shown in this book time and again as soldiers and civilians alike are injured or killed because of the conflict. In conclusion, I find this book to be both a frightening and entertaining example of modern writing. The characters and story-telling in this book help to raise it beyond the rank and file. It is a good book for both Walter Dean Myers fans and anyone who enjoys realistic fiction. I personally found this book a glimpse into the realities of war. Though I normally don't read realistic fiction, I was still enthralled with this fantastic book. I recommend it for anyone in need of a good, moderately challenging book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a very good book
bmw3905 More than 1 year ago
WAR: that's what it's called. In Sunrise over Fallujah an 18 year old boy finds out what war really is. Robin Perry, from Harlem is sent over to the foreign country Iraq. His hero skills are put to the test when they travel back and forth from Fallujah to Baghdad, and faced with many disasters. Description and summary of main points Writing to his Uncle Richie back at home, "Birdy", is trapped with a world of worries. Defending his nation and trying to stop Saddam Hussein, Birdy and his friends are just trying to make it by day by day. Jonesy, Birdy's new best friend, a guitar playing hick that doesn't know why he is in Iraq, just wants to be back in the states. Marla, a tough talking girl with a lot of attitude faces some major problems of her own. While traveling to the dangerous city Baghdad body bags lay on the side of the road with unburied people. Birdy's unit is just trying to stay away from all of the danger that lies ahead. Evaluation This book will have you at the edge of your seat and wanting to read more. I recommend this book to middle school and up. With excitement on every page Sunrise over Fallujah will have you just wanting to find out what will happen.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Great book i loved it
Anonymous 7 months ago
To be honest nothing wasnt really bad, just kind of mad about the many different recalls about the book. Such as birdy saying "I dont want to kill" then "Its him or me" he recalls this more than necessary and feels like he uses this to thicken the book.
ryanvbauer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is an army recrut from Harlem. This book is about the war in the Middle east.I like this book because it is about the war in the Middle east. This book is about a kid named Robin and he doesent know why he joined the army but he know that he was vary mad about 9/11. I would recomend this book to any one that likes the war in the Middle east. My favorite part about this book is when he writes in his jurnal when we hear the mareens bomb something it scares the crap out of me.
kmd1994 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was sort of your tipical war book, but I still enjoyed it. I liked the writing style.
andrewfahler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
good book didnt see the ending coming tho
livebug on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
By far the most impressive read this week was Sunrise over Fallujah, by Walter Dean Myers, who is a formidable author with much less formidable subject matter than Iraq. It's YA fiction that reads with the same compelling first-person-memoir feel as Jarhead, but without the English-major, I'll-be-a-writer-someday self-consciousness. It felt real -- like an 18-year-old kid tossed in over his head, trying to be tough, liking some of it, hating more of it, and fearing what he's becoming, not to mention gradually growing to believe that those in charge are not necessarily the good guys, at least not all the time. Another book I'm going to press on every kid I see.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although I didn't like this as much as I enjoyed Fallen Angels, this was an interesting look at what it was like to be part of the American military on the ground during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Robin Perry is part of a Civil Affairs unit, part of the group working to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people. He talks about the confusion of the war and knowing who and what the soldiers are fighting in a situation where the roles of engagement shift on a daily basis. The book follows Robin aka Birdy around through his time in the war and the various experiences he and the rest of his team are sent on.
zmalensek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A boy named Robin goes into iraq for war.While he's there he feels really bad that he is doing this.
kevin916 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The novel, Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers illustrates war in the view of a Civil affairs unit. In the beginning Robbin Perry struggles with wanting to see some action in the war but cant because all civil affairs unit do is help the need in war zones and villages. Throughout the middle of the story his unit split apart and assigned to a new unit. I have yet to complete the book.136/281
Jennanana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Listened to audiobook version. It was hard to follow because there was so much dialog between so many different characters. Typical war story, kind of hard to follow and didn't really keep my attention. It was what I expected of a story about soldiers at war.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hand this to teens considering serving in the armed forces or who have an interest in that subject. The writing's straightforward and the audio recording is nicely read, but I don't know that it's a story that's going to particularly stick with me. Myers does a nice job of presenting different sides to the war and to the various conflicts between and with Iraqi peoples.
KarenBall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Robin Perry is the 18-year-old nephew of Richie Perry, main character of Myers' classic Vietnam war novel, Fallen Angels. Robin joins the army after September 11, and is placed in a Civil Affairs unit in Operation Iraqi Freedom. His group is supposed to be working to earn the trust of the Iraqi people. In reality, his group is usually put into dangerous situations to "test" things out with the local Iraqis and see how much force is required. Robin, nicknamed "Birdy" in his unit is confused by the fact that most of what he sees in Iraq doesn't make the news, and the brutality and bloodiness and unfairness of war make it difficult for him to be hopeful. Even more difficult, he feels that he cannot let his family at home know how much the war is changing him, except for Uncle Richie, who knows... really knows about war. The letters to his mother and the letters to his uncle are an amazing contrast. Excellent realistic modern war fiction, for 8th grade and up.
fr3dt3ch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I haven't read one of his books in some time, but this one makes me realize what a great author he is. This is not a book I would normally pick up, but I'm working on reading all the Tayshas books for '09-'10. However, I did read Tamarfrom this last year's Tayshas list and I liked it, too. The story follows a Civilian Affairs squad in the beginning of the Iraq war. In particular, you get to know the main character, Robin. The story really gave me some insight into what our soldiers continue to experience in this war. It provides a glimpse into that experience, and perhaps a better understanding of why things have drawn out as they have. I appreciate that Meyers didn't attempt to give a particular opinion of the conflict or cast judgment on the right or wrong of it, but rather has given us a story of things being what they are. I would highly recommend this book both as a good read and a good war story.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This war story tells us about eighteen-year-old Birdy's experience over in Iraq. Assigned to Civilian Affairs, Birdy struggles with his father's disapproval about enlisting, bonding with his new team mates, and understanding what they're doing in Iraq.While this book appears to be a sequel to Fallen Angels, I don't think I missed anything by reading this one first, and I would like to go back and read the first to see what other insight it adds to Birdy's family.I don't pick up war stories to read by choice, and I found the subject very uncomfortable. Meyers writes very well, and Birdy and his companions sprang quickly to life. a few of the minor characters confused me, everyone is referred to by last name or ran which was a little confusing, but the main characters were clear, Someone dies in the end, and I am not sure if it added much to the character's emotional growth, it seemed a little tacked on as if someone had to die because it was a war story. It was heavily foreshadowed, which too away from the feeling that death is random which came across so clearly the rest of the story.I'd give this to readers interested in war stories, or in the Iraq war.
AnCy0712 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
War books always seem to interest me. It really tells me a lot about what current war is like. seems that maybe this writer has experienced war in first-person
biblyotekerin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a book that had to be written, and Mr. Myers does a pretty good job. Having said that, I somehow knew the ending from a few pages in. Certainly, it was obvious that nothing good was going to happen to these young people. Still, the characters seemed pretty real, the dialog is well written, and the horrors of both war in general and this particular war were realistically created without being so obscene that one couldn't read the book.