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Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers
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Jan 06, 09

bookshelves: 1age-senior-high, 3genre-adventure, war, diversity
Read in January, 2009

Birdy wasn't sure what he wanted to do after 9/11 but he was sure he wanted to do something. Action needed to be taken, that he knew, so he joined the army. Now Birdy has arrived in Iraq as part of a civilian affiars unit. His job is to make the Iraqis like the Americans and help everyone get along. Birdy thinks this sounds like a noble cause where he will be out of the thick of the fighting. But the better his squad does the more dangerous situations they are put in. Pretty soon Birdy finds himself doing things he wouldn't dare tell his mother about and contemplating the purpose of the war and of life and god.

Although this was a critically acclaimed novel I was not all that impressed. It is kind of a sequel to Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers, Birdy is the nephew of Richie. Not to much dying or swearing but enough to keep it out of middle school libraries. I just wasn't gripped by the characters, Birdy is the only one you really know, despite how much time they spend together. Most of the book is action and riding in humvees.
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