Fallen Angels

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An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers' bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.

A coming-of-age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, this is the story of Perry, a Harlem teenager who volunteers for the service when his dream of attending college falls through. Sent to the front lines, Perry and his platoon come face-to-face with the Vietcong and ...

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Overview


An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers' bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.

A coming-of-age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, this is the story of Perry, a Harlem teenager who volunteers for the service when his dream of attending college falls through. Sent to the front lines, Perry and his platoon come face-to-face with the Vietcong and the real horror of warfare. But violence and death aren't the only hardships. As Perry struggles to find virtue in himself and his comrades, he questions why black troops are given the most dangerous assignments, and why the U.S. is even there at all.

Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A tour of duty for a young soldier in Vietnam is vividly presented in Myers's exceptional novel. Ages 13-up. (May)
Children's Literature - Sara Rofofsky Marcus
With the addition of extensive "About the Author" and "Interview with Walter Dean Myers" sections, this anniversary edition of the Coretta Scott King award-winning book tells of seventeen-year-old Richie Perry's journey to Vietnam from the Projects in New York City. A modern-day All Quiet on the Western Front, this work draws upon Myers' experienced knowledge of the jargon of New York City and the boys of the day, heavily sprinkled with curses and other terminology only heard on the streets of New York City. By showing what is going on in the minds of teenagers both drafted and volunteering to serve their country, the reader is drawn into the experience, sharing the good and the bad. Hiding no horrors, the reader experiences death, fear, loss, friendship, hate, racism, and hope for the future along with the characters in the army, particularly Richie's friends, Peewee, Lobel, Johnson, and Brunner. A useful book for any literature tie-in with a history class studying war or racism, this work will assist students in gaining a real-life understanding of what occurs during such situations, rather than solely the facts studied in a traditional history course. Reviewer: Sara Rofofsky Marcus
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up A riveting account of the Vietnam War from the perspective of a young black soldier. Richie Perry, a 17 year old from Harlem, arrrives in Vietnam in 1967. His first-person narrative provides an immediacy to the events and characters revealed. His experiences become readers' experiences, as do his fears and his insight about this war, any war. ``We spent another day lying around. It seemed to be what the war was about. Hours of boredom, seconds of terror.'' During one of those terrifying times, a large number of American soldiers are killed. Because they cannot be carried back, the decision is made to burn the bodies. ``I was afraid of the dead guys. I saw them, arms limp, faces sometimes twisted in anguish, mostly calm, and I was afraid of them. They were me. We wore the same uniform, were the same height, had the same face. They were me, and they were dead.'' In the end, when Richie is wounded, he returns home. This is a compelling, graphic, necessarily gruesome, and wholly plausible novel. It neither condemns nor glorifies the war but certainly causes readers to think about the events. Other difficult issues, such as race and the condition of the Vietnamese people, are sensitively and realistically incorporated into the novel. The soldiers' language is raw, but appropriate to the characters. This is a book which should be read by both young adults and adults. Maria B. Salvadore, District of Columbia Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545055765
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Anniversary Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 56,040
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted May 1, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    AWESOME BOOK

    This is the best book that Walter Dean Myers wrote in my opinion. He took a book this book and made you feel like you are actually there(in the war). It also keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. You just won't want to put the book down. It takes place in Vietnam. Perry and his friends have to struggle to keep alive and get out of vietnam in one piece. I recommend this book to people who like war and suspence books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2008

    I AM MUFASSA AND I ROCK YOUR FACE UNTIL IT BREAKS

    This book is one of his best in my head. It gets really emotional throughout this book. I think that young adults should read this book. It is a really sit on the edge of your seat book. This book I dont recommend to people who like romance because there is almost no romance in the book at all except in the very beginning but it only lasts like 2 seconds.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2008

    Fallen Angels

    The book Fallen Angels is a about a young African American who is fresh out of high school and goes into the Vietnam War. It all starts out when he graduates out of high school and then joins the army not knowing what to expect. He become a part of alpha company and makes a lot of friends but his new best friend, pee wee. As the book progresses the start going on more and more dangerous missions and soon Perry gets wounded. He goes to the hospital but the returns. Him and his best friend go on and fight in every battle together, they hardly did anything apart. This book really shows how horrible and gruesome war can be, and how important it is to have friends at times. I liked this book very much; it was one of those books that are hard to put down and keeps you on the edge of you seat. I also liked this book because it make you feel like your there and you¿re a part of them, so you start to feel what they feel. This book can be at times very bloody and gross. I do not know if this author has written any other books but if you¿re interested in the Vietnam War you should read this book. I would recommend it to any one in high school that is interested in the Vietnam War. You do not have to know very much about the Vietnam War to get it, I didn¿t know that much but I understood it just fine. My overall rating on this book would be a five because it is very griping and is just all around a great book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2008

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    Exciting

    This is an exciting book.<BR/><BR/>Its a story about a squad in vietnam just trying to survive. the main character (perry) is a 19 year old from Harlem NY. Through the book Perry struggles to figure out what he's there for and what is right and wrong. Enjoy<BR/>Its a great book, with a ton of action. Its hard to put down after the first few chapters. <BR/><BR/>Also you should read the sequel Sunrise Over Fallujah.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2008

    Fallen Angels a look at vietnam

    Fallen Angels is one of my favorite books. If you thought vietnam was just weapons and calmness then you have to read this. These characters have great personality. The story simply just goes from dull to horrifying and exciting. I really recommend reading this if your interested in violence.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    At the very beginning of Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers, I

    At the very beginning of Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers, I was greatly regretting having chosen this book to read for my book report.
    It was slow and the narrator of the story seemed far too simple for my liking. However, the farther I got into the story, the more and more
    I found myself loving the book.
    Peewee's quick humor, Lobel's way of seeing the world as a movie, Perry's realistic reactions to the war, it was all just so entertaining
    and real that I couldn't help but start to love the characters. When one died I felt as if one of my own friends had died, it was just so
    realistic in my mind.
    I'm glad that the author included some of the horrors one might experience in war. You can tell that a book really doesn't know what it's
    talking about when all it does is glorify war and winning, but when he had fear coming from all of the characters it just made it seem a
    little relatable. I know that I'll never be in a war, but I know if I was I would be scared just like the characters in the book were.
    However, there was something in here that came a little unexpected to me. I thought that there was a lot of fighting in war, and that that
    was the only you could die. Fallen Angels surprised me because most of the book was spent at the base, and most of the times they
    did go out was mainly for scouting. I wasn't expecting any deaths during the scouting trips, but there were a lot more than I would have
    thought. When Jenkins died I was just as shocked as Perry, but like him, I quickly got used to all being fair in war.
    The author had a very interesting way of twisting the plot. After Jenkins died I was prepared for another death, but I was not ready for
    friendly fire. I guess I just never thought a company would be shot at by their own comrades, but I was wrong. Myers's way of making
    you expect one thing and giving you another was thrilling. In most of the books I read I always know what's going to happen, but here
    I had to guess a couple of times. I'm not saying the entire story was unpredictable, but there were some parts that definitely caught me
    by surprise.
    I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone as long as they can handle blood. There are some parts that made me cringe,
    but they weren't all that bad unless you really do have a queasy stomach. Also, those who aren't fans of the typical happy ending should
    read this too. It ends happily, but now without it's losses, so it isn't technically considered a &quot;happy ending&quot;.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    ha The book Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers has become one of

    ha The book Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers has become one of my favorite historical fiction books. This book made me not want to stop reading until I had completely finished. I think that the reason I liked this book so much was because it was told from a teen’s perspective. We learn in school about so many of the major wars that have taken place, but when you read a book told by a teen that is fighting for his life, I could picture the scenes much more clearly than if I had learned about them from a text book. It is entertaining, but serious at the same time. I think that the author did a great job of expressing the seriousness of war, but he also added in just the right amount of comedy so that the whole book wasn’t too intense for someone to read. Walter Dean Myers also did a good job of showing that even though there was still segregation going on in the United States, both black men (like Perry) and white men (like Monaco) could fight side by side, and could form a brother like bond between them. I could never do half of what Perry and Peewee did when they were in Vietnam, and even though Perry is a fictional character I came to really admire his courage and strength throughout the book. I think that this is a sign of a really well written book, when the reader can relate, and admire the fictional characters. I think that because this book is written from a teen’s perspective it is a great book for high school students. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in Historical fiction. When reading this book, I didn’t feel like I was being forced to read a book for a school assignment, and I think that, that is an important feeling to have if you are going to enjoy a book as much as I enjoyed Fallen Angels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Fallen Angels is a very great emotional action packed thriller a

    Fallen Angels is a very great emotional action packed thriller about the Vietnam war. This book takes you into the life of Perry Richards, A young man from the projects of Brooklyn fresh out of high school. Wanting to get away from everything he decides to join the military. He faces the reality of war. He joins his squad with a friend he meets on the plane to Vietnam. He is new to the area and does not like the idea that it is a new place that he isn’t used to being around. Perry has seen no combat and thinks he never will because there is a rumor about peace talks. Later in the story Perry goes on his first patrol and experiences no combat but does experience the sight of death, pain, and suffering. One of his squad mates steps on a land mind placed by the Vietcong outside of their base. Further in the story Perry realizes that things are not what they seem that the blacks have the most assignments to do in the war and not the whites, well the more dangerous ones to be exact. Such as a pacification mission was issued to his squad more times than many other squads which led to gunfights and more combat. Towards the end of this story Perry finds himself knee deep in the war not knowing why he is really there and why him and his friends are dying. This is a great tale about friendship and brotherhood, and about life itself.

    This was an amazing book it had me on the edge of my seat every time that I read. The book also takes you to an emotional state of the war and shows you the reality of the war. If you love war time books you will certainly enjoy this work of art. This book will make you feel as if you are in the war. If you like this book you will like the book called sun over Fallujah it was written by the same author Walter Dean Myers.

    This book was the winner of the Coretta Scott King Award. It is an amazing story it teaches you about life and what its worth and not to waste your time. It also shows a true bond between men and how close you can become to people. This is a bond that cannot be broken because these men are basically living for each other and fighting for each other. In the book it shows lots of nationalism towards America.

    Danny V.

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    Posted January 17, 2013




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  • Posted January 17, 2013

    This book was awesome!!!

    This book was awesome!!!

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    AWESOME book from a kid who can't stand reading!

    This book will have you on the end of your seat begging for more. I hate most books because they can be so fake. This book is real how the people talk is real, the war is real, and most importantly the people are real. This book will take you places you have never been before, from the jungles of vietniam to the real world and its real events.This book is not about fighting, it's more about what the guys are going through mentally and emotionally during the war. After you read this book you will think about the war and the world differently. Once you pick this book up you won't put it down-- well you will, just not until you're done.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    this book follows richard perry through his time in the vietname

    this book follows richard perry through his time in the vietnamese jungles it is not however only about war but also about; Friendship, Loss, Fear and Bravery. Richards adventures in vietnam bring him to the brink of death. He is shown the horrors that are the Vietnam war and this war shows him he has to fight an enemy that he and his men know75 could be anywhere and anybody.
    I am not a big reader but this book really cuaght my attention. This book was one of my favorite all time books and i honestly felt that it taught me many lessons, such as value your friends, watch eachothers back, and dont ever be to afraid to save someone.
    The setting of this book takes place in the Vietnamese jungles and the protagonist is Richard Perry a African, American from Harlem, NY. The book is a first person action book and has a lot of very discriptive violence. However the first person point of view and the discriptive violence really helps immerse yourself into the war taking place in the book. the characters are all likeable and some parts are downright funny. However there are also much more serious parts in the book.
    Overall, this is one of my favorite books and i would recomend it to anyone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    I read this as a young teenager and the story has stayed with me

    I read this as a young teenager and the story has stayed with me throughout my life. Amazing and well written.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    Good book

    In the beginng of falllen angels there is this guy tht gets drafted to the army in 1957 to go to vietnam he is not familiar with all his souroundings he cared for his moma and his little brother on the way to vietnam he met a white woman on the plane he never forgot her name well while they were out in the jungle he never forgot the faces of the dying men he didn’t know what to feel exept kill they were out in the boonies one day and they were with the nva and they were ambushed there was one batloon of us soldeiers and one group of nva there was only one helicopter the us shot the nva and they got in the helicopter they had no choice too and at the end of the war he went to find his woman but she had been killed in a bombing out in the boonies at a evac place.

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

    !awesome book!

    The story Fallen Angel is mostly about the Vietnam war in 1967. It has a lot of bad words, but the way the book is written is as if you were talking to someone and they were using hard words such as Shakespeare did in his plays. Not to offend anyone but Shakespeare used some pretty hard words that I doubt teens or adults could understand. Back to the story of course yeah there's bad words in it, terrible language, blood when their in the war,violence but who doesn't like that kind of stuff and sorry if you don't like it but I do. It's like having the picture or movie in your mind, that's so cool. The book's main details or main point of it is high school kids going to the army. Some didn't even finish high school. One guy did finish but didn't want to go to college because he didn't have the clothes for it. He rather send money to his brother so he can finish school. The main characters of the story are Gates, Perry, Peewee, Johnson, and Bruno. And some other characters whose names I forgot. They all are from America and become soldiers for their country and State. The characters got sent to the Vietnam war, on their way there, they all talked about thing such as if they were scared, and most people said no, that they were happy. But who is really happy about going to war? I know if I was going to war I'd probably get scared and pee on my pants and not get of the plane. Perry wrote a letter to Mrs. Carroll. The letter talked about how he and Mr. Carroll got into a fight and ran more and more into the enemy lines, when Mr. Carroll was hurt. To make a long story short and in other words, Perry is telling Mrs. Carroll that her husband had died. Captain Stewart read the letter and offered Perry a job so he can type but perry cannot type. My favorite part of the story is when Perry was brave and wrote that letter to Mrs. Carroll. My favorite character of the story was Perry. I like Perry because he reminds me of Perry the Platypus, a guy with no fear towards going to war or battles. I hope you enjoyed the book as much as I did, because it's an awesome book. You will never want to put the book down because it's very awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Good Read for Teens

    It was a pretty good war story. I read it a while ago but what I remember was it was a pretty accurate description of what life was like in Vietnam. If you like war stories and your 11-18 you will probably like this book a lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great war story.

    I had to read this for summer reading and I'm glad I did. It's an interesting reader and a great story.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

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    Loved It

    This was a good book all together. It was a real page turner for me. I laughed my way through it and loved the variety of characters. The story was a unique experience for me and I would like to read another book from this author. I am a young adult so I would recommend this for anyone in that age group.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    I greatly recommend this to all.

    Dallas Grant
    Ms. Lasley
    5B
    10 January 2011
    Book Review
    The book, Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers is about the Vietnam War in 1960s in Korea. The main characters are Richie Perry, Lobel, Johnson, Brunner, and Pewee. It is a historical time for us to remember that many lives have perished. The book relates to friendship, trust, and reality. All of the characters come for different purposes, but all of them share a goal to survive during the war. I like some moments that keep you on your toes. The intense moments are stressful during the war. When they are in the jungle, it seems like someone is following them, but it is something else. It gives you a sigh of relief that the enemy is not the something else. During the war, the enemy is not nice. The characters always stick together, but develop loyalty to each other. I learn about soldiers' experiences during the war. The experiences are hard to relate and very emotional to read. I dislike the bad times that the soldiers experience. I rate the book as excellent to read to learn about war.

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

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    Highly Recommended- many noticeable themes

    After reading Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers, several themes stood out, friendship, loyalty, and reality were some of them. The main character, Richie Perry, becomes immediate friends with Peewee a very noticeable feature in the book. This strong relation is shown throughout the book, along with other member of the squad. Later in the book, Peewee and Perry's friendship is again questioned when they become separated by the squad and had to stay hidden and corporate in a small tunnel. Loyalty was another theme that stood out. The squad's loyalty is almost as noticeable as their friendship. For example, early in the book, Lieutenant Carroll gives Perry a chance to be remove from combat by assessing how badly injured he is. Perry replied no, knowing that if he were to leave, the squad would lose a man. Another example was when Gearheart later approach the squadron and asked whether they would like to be broken up and equalize the other smaller squads. With so many experiences together, the squad wished to be kept together even if it meant more dangerous missions. Lastly, reality was an important theme to this book, and a reason why the author wrote it. During the beginning of the book, Perry had a stereotypical vision of war. He thought war was organized and "perfect". Perry also had a belief that peace was coming soon and most soldiers do not fire their weapons. Perry began to question himself about the war. His question was answered after a soldier named Jenkins is seen killed by a mine. During the latter part of the book, Perry is surprised by the loss of the dog tags. Without them, he knew that the families would never know if their son were dead or not.

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