Sunrise Over Fallujah

Sunrise Over Fallujah

Book - 2008
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"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's 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; and a whole unit of other young men and women - and drops them in country in Iraq, where they are supposed to help secure and stabilize Iraq and successfully interact with the Iraqi people. The young civil affairs soldiers soon find their definition of "winning" ever more elusive and their good intentions being replaced by terms like "survival" and "despair." Caught in the crossfire, Myers' richly rendered characters are just beginning to understand the meaning of war in this powerful, realistic novel of our times." --From the publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION MYE
Characteristics: 290 p. : map ; 22 cm

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ChristchurchLib Nov 03, 2014

"Instead of going to college like his parents want him to, 18-year-old Robin Perry from Harlem (nephew of Richie Perry, the main character in author Walter Dean Myers' Fallen Angels) enlists in the army after 9/11 because he wants "to do something, to stand up for [his] country." Soon he is in Iraq as part of the Civil Affairs Battalion, a supposedly low-risk unit of men and women tasked with building trust between U.S. troops and the Iraqi people. But as they are increasingly involved in violence, Robin ("Birdy") and his fellow soldiers soon find their definition of "winning" ever more elusive and the war more random, confusing, and horrifying. This powerful book "takes readers behind the headlines to the everyday life of a soldier" (Horn Book)." Teen Scene November 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/e82b84f8-f906-46f6-88d9-57054db0fdf1?postId=e7c750f1-bb4c-4e2b-b0ab-52217560040c

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hawk_eye
Jul 16, 2010

Very good! Slightly different from Myers' Vietnam war novel but still intereseting. Hopefully it will be made into a movie.

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