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Sunrise Over Fallujah

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  2,837 ratings  ·  645 reviews
From Walter Dean Myers comes a powerful and timely novel about the heroics and horror of war---a gripping companion to FALLEN ANGELS. Robin "Birdy" Perry, a new army recruit from Harlem, isn't quite sure why he joined the army, but he's sure where he's headed: Iraq. Birdy and the others in the Civilian Affairs Battalion are supposed to help secure and stabilize the country ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press (first published 2008)
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Anney Ryan
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.
Aaron
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
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Josiah
"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
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Seth
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.
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Ethan Benson
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
Kasey
Feb 15, 2015 Kasey rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ari
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
Sandy
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
Sam
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
Sara
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
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Fred
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
Emily
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,"
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Hal
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
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Art
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.
Stephen
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
Jamie
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
Ted
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
Noah
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
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Jordan Maquilan
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.
Aimee
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
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Joseph Lopez
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
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Antonio
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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16MicahD
Sunrise Over Fallujah, by Walter Dean Myers was a very fascinating realistic fiction book. This book is classified as realistic fiction because it was it was about a true event that happened in history, but not an exactly true story. This book is based in Iraq, where the main character, Robin Perry, is deployed while serving in the army. He is not really sure why he joined the army in the first place, but realizes that it was the right thing to do. Perry is in the civil affairs unit which deals ...more
Kameil Koteiche

Why did I choose this book?. Well I choose the book because it seem pretty interesting how there was a soldier in the cover standing there with a rifle, an old Jeep in the back and there is a sun rising on the back.
The book is fiction and, resembles to real life events from “Operation Enduring Freedom” (OEF). Sunrise Over Fallujah is a book written from the point of view of a man named Robin “Birdy” Perry, a Private in the Civil Affairs(CA) unit during the war in Iraq. The story begins with Pe
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Dreyke
The book was about a new army recruit named Robin Perry. He was sent to Iraq to join a Civilian Affairs Battalion. Him and the others in his unit were meant to find out information on the Iraqi army but in order to do so the had to go through many obstacles whether it be just talking to people or actually having to fight. The hardest part for them was not knowing what was going to happen, if it was going to happen, or when it was going to happen.

I thought that the book was okay. I didn't find i
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Khyree
This book is about a group of people in the U.S army. They have a plan to go into Iraq and get them on there side. They also want to get rid of Saddam so that they will be able to build a democracy. They want to talk to the people in Iraq so they can help them but they find out later that that's not true.

I like this book because it talks about what the U.S army does. This is something that I don't really hear about so it was nice to know about the things that they do. For example in the story
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Joe
"Sunrise Over Fallujah" by Walter Dean Myers is an realistic historical book about a military squadrons going into Iraq. Many of the soldiers went through some experiences that they will never want to go through again or forget. However, bonds were created throughout there journey and they will never forget the last battle they were in.

A lot of things I liked in this book. For one, I like how Walter Dean Myers started out the first chapter with the soldiers in a room with the Major discussing w
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Nasir Venable
Sunrise Over Fallujah is about a corporal soldier named Robin "Birdy" Perry, who joined the army but isn't sure why he did it. He's fighting in a war against Iraq and he's part of a civil affairs unit. Basically, his objective is to establish a democracy in Iraq and warm the hearts of the hopeless people of Iraq. When Perry was young he only got a glimpse of the Vietnam war from his uncle Richie. But, little does he know it's a completely different war, for him, at least, he didn't experience mu ...more
Alijah Goodwin
Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers is a realistic fiction novel about a teenager named Robin Perry who wants to do his nation a solid. Robin follows in the footsteps of his uncle Richie who fought in Vietnam. Robin joins the army in 2003 when they are fighting in Iraq. By joining the army he goes up against his fathers wishes of him going to college. While in the army Robin is placed in the Civilian Affairs unit or CA. In his unit is a woman named Marla, Captain Coles, Jonesy, Victor, a ...more
Lindsey
Sunrise over Fallujah written by Walter Dean Meyers is about a man named Robin Perry who chooses to become a civil affairs soldier, directly after graduating from high school in 2003.His job is to assist people who have been hurt from the war in Iraq, with providing medicine and hospital care. His duty in the story is to help Iraq’s government system, and help rebuild Iraq in general. Perry learns a lot about himself and develops into a new person as he is assisting people, and meets wonderful n ...more
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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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