Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels

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by Walter Dean Myers
     
 

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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

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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 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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545055765
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Edition description:
Anniversary Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
41,354
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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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Fallen Angels (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 222 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
GIANTS_RULE More than 1 year ago
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.
IAMMUFASSAIROCKYOURFACE More than 1 year ago
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.
Merlin26 More than 1 year ago
This is an exciting book.

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
Its a great book, with a ton of action. Its hard to put down after the first few chapters.

Also you should read the sequel Sunrise Over Fallujah.
Nick22 More than 1 year ago
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.
Jacob_K 3 months ago
Hi! Overall, I would give Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers a 65/100, or three stars. In this review I'll address Plot, Characters and Conflicts of the book in depth. Section 1: Plot The plot was, as the book and other reviews promised, realistic, and not glorified like a lot of YA war books do. For the first 100 or so pages, not much happens. There's a lot of character building and explanation. It accurately tells war how it is in the beginning. Very, very boring. The main characters are at their base and don't do to much, other than try to entertain themselves. Then, things get crazy. In the rest of the book, the main characters squad gets deployed quite often, and eventually some of them get injured. The book tells how the battles affect them all both mentally and physically. The phrase “War is heck” is backed by this book. The battles are intense, but not glorified. People die, and people are killed, but the battle doesn't just end when someone dies. The plot was intense, but very boring at times, so make sure you have the stamina necessary to enjoy this book. Section 2: Characters The characters were a very strong aspect of this book. You got to know the characters in the squad very well. You got attached to them, and when anything happened to any of them, you legitimately felt sad with them. Each character had their own unique personality, they all felt real. Each of their backstories was believable. All of the characters became close, as they had to, the guy next to them could very well save their life on the battlefield. The characters didn't remain static either, after traumatic events, the characters became significantly different than how they started. The seriousness of the war became obvious to them and everyone around them. Terrifying battles would leave them paranoid, and seeing enemies were there were none. The book very realistically showed how war could change people, and how it changes those around the affected. Section 3: Conflicts The main conflict, of course, was the Vietnam war. This was obviously a big conflict in real life, and in the book. The book though, did have other conflicts. Some of these were the conflicts between the squad and their newer Sergeant, as well as some racial issues. They all alo fought their own personall battles in their heads, traumatized by the war, having to distinguish what was real and what was a hallucination. The conflicts were interesting, and one of the strong suits of the book. Section 4: Overall Review All in all, it was a good war book. But it was, just that, a war book. War story fans will love it, and avid readers can enjoy it for the characters, plot, and conflicts. A casual reader though, may find it less interesting, as the begining is quite slow paced. It's strongest suit, in my opinion, was it's characters, they seemed very real, which makes them enjoyable. Overall, though, I would give it a 65/100, or 3 stars. It did well to impress its target audiance, which is, of course, the goal that books hope to achieve.
CarlJ 3 months ago
The book Fallen Angels is about Richard Perry going into the army after graduating from high school. Perry has met friends throughout his journey in the army. I think Perry has a great heart because after someone gets killed in his squad he gets emotional and talks to his best friend Peewee about his emotions. Perry and Peewee are like brothers because they love each other and they are best friends. I think Perry has a problem killing a Cong because when he has an opportunity to kill a Cong he hesitates and hold back. I think Perry couldn't have make his journey without his friends especially his best friend.
Anonymous 3 months ago
The book Fallen Angels made via Walter Dean Myers take place in The Vietnam war during the late 1960s. This book is a fictional piece that has action, adventure, and some drama. This book will keep you on your toes and pray for the main character. I personally think this book is great for ages 12-14 with the gritty action and use of profanity. Another reason why I quite love this book is because the army has a tone in my life.This novel has an internal and man vs. man conflict. In the beginning, Perry was figuring out why he was there and also getting away from the questions he was getting bombarded with.Throughout the book, he constantly thought about his brother Kenny and his Mama. The Man to Man conflict is when Perry went on Patrol and had a battle. Perry doesn't want to kill, but when it comes to the scenario where it's either him or the enemy he will have to kill. This book setting took place in many places in Vietnam. One place to name is Chu Lai. The setting has a huge tone in the book. The weather is always dry or wet. The humidity is always high too. Vietnam holds many insects such as mosquitos that hold malaria. You can also get “Nam Rot”. Nam rot is when you start to rot from the inside out. Once it's on your arm it's too late. For example (pg. 88 -90) when Perry has it. The characters in this book are fascinating. There are many personalities in this novel that I can’t keep count on. For example the main character Perry. Perry is afraid of Nam, but he doesn't let anyone know about it. Perry is from the rough parts of Harlem. He couldn’t afford college so he went to the army.He is a very memorable and character you will root for. There is also semi-main characters in the book such as Peewee, but the book focuses more on Perry. Peewee is also a great character with a sense of humor. He is from Chicago. He seems tough on the inside but throughout the book he true personality is revealed. There are many other characters but I just want name the 2 most memorable. The reason they are memorable is because of their bond and friendship together. In the beginning of the book we meet all the characters and listen to their back stories. That’s where Peewee and Perry had come into contact for the first time. The beginning was just a meet and greet. Until a fatal patrol happen. That’s where we slowly shift to the middle. Where everything fell apart slowly. Semi main characters that are important to the story die. And other events happen. In the end, Peewee and Perry bond became stronger from a string of events and during one patrol. This book is very memorable. One way this memorable is the quotes. For example "We spent another day lying around. It seemed to be what the war was about. Hours of boredom, seconds of terror." - Richie Perry, pg 132. This quote makes me think of the soldier's emotions and how they feel during pre-combat and after. You will also fall in love with the main characters. Such as Peewee. His sense of humor will keep you laughing during the toughest times. One last reason why this book is memorable is the setting. The native people sometimes help out the soldiers. And also Nam is a tough place in surviving in. In conclusion, this book is very memorable and I would recommend it.
sunshine mier More than 1 year ago
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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Danny2 More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome!!!
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CJMElmhurst More than 1 year ago
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.
Tyler_Pearlman More than 1 year ago
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
kylicole-98 More than 1 year ago
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.
leonar More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this for summer reading and I'm glad I did. It's an interesting reader and a great story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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BluesberryFields More than 1 year ago
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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DalKarGra More than 1 year ago
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.
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
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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