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Sunrise Over Fallujah

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,083 Ratings  ·  680 Reviews
A powerful new novel about the heroics and horror of war from Walter Dean Myers, whose bestselling book FALLEN ANGELS celebrates its 20th anniversary.

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 sa
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Scholastic Press (first published 2008)
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Anney Ryan
Feb 12, 2009 Anney Ryan rated it did not like it
Pretty much the worst book ever written. Ridiculously flat characters. Boring story line. Predictable ending. No clear message. Awful. Awful. Awful. I guess this guy Myers is important, because he's written tons of books and he got O'Brien to sketch the drawing for the cover. The two must've been stationed together or something... maybe Myers saved O'Brien's life. I can't imagine why else O'Brien would attach his name to something so incredibly bad.
Sep 28, 2008 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Myers has introduced the realities of war with a book that could be considered a sequel or companion to his popular novel, Fallen Angels, which presented the story of one soldier's service during the Vietnam Conflict. Instead, this newer work brings readers to Operation Iraqi feeling along with Robin (aka Birdy), an African American who was influenced by his reaction to 9/11 to surpass college for now and join the Army.

As he arrives in Kuwait just prior to the American invasion, Birdy has been a
Mar 26, 2012 Seth rated it it was ok
I had a lot of issues with this book, but it isn't devoid of merit (as my rating would reveal). We'll start with the bad first.

Reading this book was like a building crescendo that never climaxes or releases; I was constantly waiting for the action to flower into something awe-striking or intense, but the "climax" instead was rather predictable and, thus, didn't really impact me emotionally in the way a good story should. Additionally, the characters never seemed to develop beyond their cliches.
Mar 23, 2009 Josiah rated it really liked it
"It's hard to be brave when you can stumble across a world of hurt around any corner."

--Sunrise Over Fallujah, P. 125

This book really is tremendously impactful, and the story has reverberated in my mind long after I turned the final page. The war action did not seem as intense as in its predecessor Fallen Angels, but all in all I thought that Sunrise Over Fallujah was a better story. It also taught me a great deal about the ins and outs of what is happening to our soldiers over there on the
Ethan Benson
Oct 25, 2014 Ethan Benson rated it really liked it
Many novels seem to describe war and its effects on those who participate in the exact same way, by showing that war is simply bloody and brutal, while not actually giving any thought to how it changes people over the course of the story. Then there are those that offer insight to the emotions and thoughts of the participants themselves, often evolving throughout. Sunrise over Fallujah, for the most part, falls into the latter category. This novel is considered to be the tie-in and companion, if ...more
Feb 15, 2015 Kasey rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: adolescents
Recommended to Kasey by: my brother
I'm not going to lie to you, fellow reader, I struggled through this book. The language is in no way elevated, the plot is not at all complicated, and yet, I struggled. I had such a hard time reading this book, especially towards the end.
Myers is writing through an adolescent voice, and I wonder if that is why the writing is so adolescent. I also wonder how this book would have been if Myers had focused on just a few tragic events instead of SO MANY! The book was so fast paced, and the hits jus
Jun 08, 2011 Ari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
There is little camaraderie in this novel. Birdy talks about the members of his battalion but I never got the impression that he was that chummy with anyone, except Jonesy. Jonesy was a well-developed character but everyone else mentioned (Captain Miller, Major Sessions, Ahmed, Marla) remained one dimensional. I wanted more interaction between characters and to get a grasp for their personalities. They all remained very closed-off and I don't think everyone in the army is tight-lipped, there has ...more
May 16, 2011 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Robin "Birdy" Perry feels compelled to leave Harlem, forego college, and join the Army in the aftermath of 9/11. He does just that--without his father's support. In Sunrise over Fallujah, the 2008 young adult novel by acclaim writer Walter Dean Myers, Birdy finds himself in Iraq and attached to a Civil Affairs unit, a group of soldiers assigned the dubious honor of testing the waters in various "hearts and mind" situations with local Iraqis conceived by higher ups who say they are intent on esta ...more
Apr 21, 2013 Sam rated it it was amazing
Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers tells the story of Robin Perry, a normal guy who faces many challenges in his life. He was given the nickname "Birdy" by his loving family. Robin builds relationships throughout his adventure despite the pain all around him. Against his father’s wishes, Robin decides to go into the military over going to college. He is deployed to Iraq in 2003 during the days of fight to remove Saddam Hussein. Birdy becomes more and more delusional with the whole missio ...more
May 06, 2008 Sara rated it it was ok
Shelves: war-stories
For some reason, Myers chose not to have someone edit this book, and that offends me. There are direct contradictions in action and thought within single paragraphs, not to mention descriptions, explanations, and dialogue that are repeated within just a few pages of each other. It's sloppy writing and nonexistant editing, and for someone who wrote something as good as Monster, it's inexcusable.
There are good things about the book. The main character and his unit are alternately funny, terrifyin
Jul 11, 2009 Fred rated it it was amazing
I haven't read one of his books in some time, but this one makes me realize what a great author he is. This is not a book I would normally pick up, but I'm working on reading all the Tayshas books for '09-'10. However, I did read Tamarfrom this last year's Tayshas list and I liked it, too. The story follows a Civilian Affairs squad in the beginning of the Iraq war. In particular, you get to know the main character, Robin. The story really gave me some insight into what our soldiers continue to e ...more
Oct 23, 2009 Emily added it
This book is one of my favorites because it has action that constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat. During parts of this book I cried, and in others i had a huge grin on my face. This book has many more great characteristics than bad. Anyone who reads this book will find it heartwarming and action packed.
My favorite character in this story was "Birdy," the main character. He is from New York and a member of the U.S. Army.towards the end of the book one of his friends Charles or "Jonesy,"
Kathryn Conchado
Jan 27, 2016 Kathryn Conchado rated it it was amazing
Robin Perry is an army recruit from Harlem and doesn't know why he joined the army but he is sure of one thing that is that he is headed to Iraq. He gets his name "Birdy" from the other army recruits and he didn't like them calling him that but he learns that it is a nickname. Robin and the others are supposed to interact with the Iraqi people fully. But something goes wrong and makes the Operation Iraqi Freedom name turn into a lot simpler name for it War. Will this war come to an end? Will Rob ...more
Feb 07, 2012 Hal rated it it was amazing
My wife Stacy recommended this to me last year - now I wish I had started this back then.
Walter Dean Myers did a great job of capturing the war in Iraq - I could feel the sun beating on the back of my neck and the sand worming it's way into every nook and cranny of my equipment.

The book is aimed at young adults, but it should be read by anyone who is even faintly curious about what it was like to be in Iraq in 2003, right near the beginning of the war.
War is hell, and this book doesn't flinch fr
This book was good look at the "Boots on the Ground" War in Iraq.
Great thanks to all those in the Service who have served and are serving.
Reminded me of my service days and the comradeship of the brotherhood in arms day to day life.
Jun 10, 2013 Stephen rated it really liked it
This book was more-or-less interesting. It follows a newly in listed man named Robin Perry that is assigned to a civic affairs battalion. It gives the reader a realistic taste of what it was like in Iraq for the enlisted men and women of the US Army during time of war. Robin or as people referred to him “birdy” learns lessons about life in the army. He learned that people that you are closely associated with can die in a flash and there is pretty much nothing that one can do about it. It was tou ...more
Aug 10, 2008 Jamie rated it liked it
Shelves: 14-16, war
Just out of high school, Robin joins the service and is sent to Iraq. I think Myers does a good job here of teaching young readers about life during wartime Iraq, and in writing a suspenseful and compelling story. There's a little bit of repetition (women as caregivers, things happening when someone is using the bathroom) as well as Myers pet topics (Harlem and the blues) shoehorned into the story. However, it's still a compelling, contemporary war story, and I think readers will enjoy it. Inter ...more
Oct 24, 2012 Ted rated it it was ok
The book is about a solider who recently joined the army and went to Iraq. It's about what he thinks of what's going on. He descibes the things that they do. I gave it two stars as I didn't think it was that good. A lot of it's very dull and there's not much action or anything. He's in the civialian affaris unit, so they're just like searching Iraq homes. "I could feel my heart beat faster as we crossed the border into Iraq. Marla's pointing out the body bags didn't help it slow down." (Myers 42 ...more
Jun 14, 2009 Noah rated it it was amazing
Sunrise Over Fallujah is about a young man named Robin who is based on the frontlines of Iraq. He witnesses some horrible things in Iraq that are unfortunatly real life things.
I can connect this book to Red badge of Courage because both books are about war. I an also connect this book to real life because unfortunatly these things happen in real life.
I would give this book a 5 star rating because I have an interest in books about war. I like to read books about war because you always wonder w
Jordan Maquilan
Feb 11, 2015 Jordan Maquilan rated it really liked it
I think the book is great so far. They did a good job knowing or what the military would do during a war that is just starting.
Nov 17, 2010 Aimee rated it really liked it
An excellent YA novel about a young man, Birdy, who decides to enlist after 9/11 rather than go to college. I'm glad my nephew had to read this for school, or I never would have picked it up.

"Mama said that I shouldn't be the hero type. I don't know. Maybe you have to be a hero type to deal with the bigger things that happen to you. At least you have to be bigger than life to fit all the things inside that you didn't know you could absorb before. I never thought I would see the things I have see
Jennifer K
Jan 28, 2016 Jennifer K rated it liked it
This was one of our Battle of the Books selections this year and work is one of the few things that could get me to pick this one up. Don't get me wrong, Walter Dean Myers is an excellent author who should be read, but war stories in general are not for me.

It is as realistic at they come. The dread, fear, and hope reduced to sadness are all palpable. There were times when I had to set the book aside due to the images I was conjuring up. (Having loved ones who are in the military and have been sh
Lori Clark-Erickson

Sunrise Over Fallujah
Walter Dean Myers

The book Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers is a book about the accounts of war from the eyes of a man who is there to help the people of Iraq and make them trust the United States. He is dealing with the stress of war and trying to adapt. He goes from the start of war to fixing the aftermath of war with the villagers. The author expresses the unknowingness of the soldiers who are in war, but not in combat and how they have to trust their gut to
Jan 19, 2016 Ian rated it really liked it
Robin “Birdy” Perry enlists with the U.S Army right out of highschool despite some of his family highly discouraging it, saying that he should go to college instead. While Birdy is in basic training he gets measles and his unit deploys without him which leads him to being assigned to Civil Affairs unit. There he meets his squadmates Marla, Jonsey, and Captain Coles. In Sunrise Over Fallujah you’ll be able to see how Birdy and his unit feel as they are ordered to “smooth” things out with the loca ...more
Nov 05, 2015 Cole rated it it was amazing
This book takes place in the spring of 2003 shortly after the Golf Coast War ended. At this time, Iraq was in disarray. The former leader Sadam Hussein, was overthrown and there was no stability in the country. The U.S. sent a civil affairs unit comprised of 4 other Americans. They all came from diverse backgrounds. Their purpose there was to help establish peace and order in Iraq. This was the first time for everyone in Iraq other than Major Sessions. They were nervous about their journey into ...more
Brice D
Nov 05, 2015 Brice D rated it liked it
"Sunrise Over Fallujah" by Walter Dean Myers tells a story of Operation Iraqi through the eyes of Robin "Birdy" Perry. This story takes place just after the end of the war in Iraq. "What is going on after the war?" one might ask. Terrorist groups are quickly forming and are causing great disruption. They have been killing many people and they are moving very fast. There are many roadside explosions, ambushes, and much more taking place in Iraq. Birdy is very scared and shocked at what is taking ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Alex rated it really liked it
Sunrise Over Fallujah is a story about a young boy named Robin who enlists in the army after 9/11. He's going as a part of a Civil Affair unit which means he needs to help the people of Iraq who were being harmed. The main character was a young man named Robin who was born and raised in Harlem. In this story he just helped out citizens of Iraq to get their minds off of the war that was going on. At the end of the novel, Jonsey, one of Robin's best friends was shot during a mission. They later to ...more
Jason A
May 28, 2015 Jason A rated it liked it
I thought that Sunrise Over Fallujah, by Walter Dean Myers was overall a good read. It gives good perspective on how war affects anyone, even a civil affairs unit whose mission is to simply help people. After reading this book I now have a different perspective on war and how rough and inhumane it still is in today's society.
Joseph Lopez
Apr 21, 2015 Joseph Lopez rated it really liked it
Sunrise Over Fallujah
A Novel by Walter Dean Myers
This novel tells about the hardships and living conditions under war. It also tells of the fright of soldiers; them being afraid if a bomb goes of or when they get ambushed at an already destroyed village or just the frightening felling if you’re going to live to see another day. Sunrise Over Fallujah shows what really went on in soldier’s heads.

Robin, a soldier who came from New York, gets caught up in the war with Afghanistan. He knew a little
Mar 18, 2015 Antonio rated it it was amazing
The hot, arid, and dry air of the Kuwait desert, the action is right there, right now. This deadly environment is the campsite for U.S. troops preparing for war. North of Kuwait is a country by the name of Iraq, this is where it gets real.

A young man by the name of Robin is in all the heat. However, Robin's not here alone, but with a group of soon to be friends. These soldiers will work through tragic loss and enjoy times of relief together. As they progress through operation "Iraqi freedom",
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.

After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empi
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