Walter Dean Myers brilliantly renders the realities of World War II. Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry are on their way to an uncertain future. Their whole lives are ahead of them, yet at the same time, death's whisper is everywhere. One white, one black, these young men have nothing in common and everything in common as they approach an experience that will change them forever. It's May 1944. World War II is ramping up, and so are these young recruits, ready and eager. In small towns and big cities all over the globe, people are filled with fear. When Josiah and Marcus come together in what will be the greatest test of their lives, they learn hard lessons about race, friendship, and what it really means to fight. Set on the front lines of the Normandy invasion, this novel, rendered with heart-in-the-throat precision, is a cinematic masterpiece. Here we see the bold terror of war, and also the nuanced havoc that affects a young person's psyche while living in a barrack, not knowing if today he will end up dead or alive.
The late Walter Dean Myers was the 2012 - 2013 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He was the critically acclaimed NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of 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 Book Awards, and three National Book Award Finalist citations. In addition, he was the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award.
The book, Invasion, by Walter Dean Myers is about the character Josiah Wedgewood. He is from Virginia, and is in the U.S. army. Stationed in England, he becomes a victim of Omaha Beach, but survives and pushes on past the beaches with other soldiers. The U.S. army gains ground over time and this leads Josiah in the St. Lo breakthrough. This was where the Allies broke away from their small front and chased the Nazis through Europe. But during the breakthrough, he is wounded, ending his career.
Overall, I would rate this book three out of five stars. The book does have some great parts that are true to history. The author used varied writing techniques. But, other places are lacking historical accuracy and the mood doesn’t show what the war was really like. The book does do a great job in the segments about St Lo, D-Day, and soldiers missing their families. The fighting in the hedgerows and struggle to get to St. Lo, the horrors of D-Day and trying to move forward, and the emotions of soldiers. The book does a great job with these parts. But other parts like in England, the movement away for Normandy, and on the boat to Europe it doesn’t do to well. In the end, the book is great in some parts, but not so much in others. It doesn’t capture what soldiers really felt in Engalnd, how tough movment away from Normandy was, and the emotions on the ride to Europe. These are the parts that the book lacks in. That’s why I rate this book three out of five stars.
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Its Walter Dean meyers. What else needs to be said?