SUNRISE OVER FALLUJAH by Walter Dean Myers
Kirkus Star

SUNRISE OVER FALLUJAH

Age Range: 12 & up
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

In 2003, in the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, young Robin Perry already wonders about “an enemy we can’t identify and friends we’re not sure about.” Myers dedicates this novel to the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Services and to their families, and he offers a powerful study of the strange war they have been sent to fight, where confusion and randomness rule. Why are they fighting? Whom are they fighting? When will they be hit next? Narrated by Robin, nephew of Richie Perry, the main character of the landmark Fallen Angels (1988), this companion expertly evokes the beauty of Iraq and the ugliness of war. Given the paucity of works on this war, this is an important volume, covering much ground and offering much insight. Robin’s eventual understanding that his experience was not about winning or losing the war but about “reaching for the highest idea of life” makes this a worthy successor to Myers’s Coretta Scott King Award–winning classic. (Fiction. 12+)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-439-91624-0
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2008




WORKS BY WALTER DEAN MYERS:

ChildrenLOCKDOWN by Walter Dean Myers
by Walter Dean Myers
AdultTHE JOURNAL OF JOSHUA LOPER by Walter Dean Myers
by Walter Dean Myers
AdultMALCOLM X by Walter Dean Myers
by Walter Dean Myers
AdultMONSTER by Walter Dean Myers
by Walter Dean Myers

MORE BY WALTER DEAN MYERS

ChildrenFREDERICK DOUGLASS by Walter Dean Myers
by Walter Dean Myers
ChildrenJUBA! by Walter Dean Myers
by Walter Dean Myers
ChildrenMONSTER by Walter Dean Myers
by Walter Dean Myers

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenTHE WARRIOR'S HEART by Eric Greitens
by Eric Greitens
IndieJOURNEY INTO DARKNESS by Craig Etchison
by Craig Etchison
AdultPRICE OF DUTY by Todd Strasser
by Todd Strasser
ChildrenBURNING NATION by Trent Reedy
by Trent Reedy
AdultAMERICAN ROAD TRIP by Patrick Flores-Scott
by Patrick Flores-Scott