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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  305 ratings  ·  106 reviews
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 for
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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JohnS They do not have the same characters BUT all of the books have one character that is related to the Perry family in some way.
Marcus Perry from Invasio…more
They do not have the same characters BUT all of the books have one character that is related to the Perry family in some way.
Marcus Perry from Invasion is the father of Perry from Fallen Angels who is the father of Robin Perry from Sunrise
Marcus is Robin's grandfather(less)

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Alex  Baugh
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
Invasion is Walter Dean Myers latest war novel. It begins on May 14, 1944 as American troops are preparing for the D-Day invasion of France, which they know will happen but they don't know when. It is narrated by the main character, Josiah "Woody" Wedgewood, who is with the 29th Infantry Division. During practice, Woody runs into an old friend from home, Marcus Perry, an African American soldier in the all black Transportation Corps.

The story follows Woody before, during and after the invasion.
Jul 26, 2013 rated it liked it
I appreciated the afterword by Myers and the book. I guess I didn't realize that both Fallen Angels and Sunrise over Fallujah were both born from Myers' connection to the wars (his brother died in Vietnam and his son went over to Iraq). So it was inevitable that he would want to write about another war, in which black infantrymen fought separately for the same war where-- to connect the stories-- the main character is part of the generation of characters from the other books.

Myers does these boo
Margo Tanenbaum
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Award-winning author Walter Dean Myers returns to historical fiction in this riveting new war novel about the D-Day invasion. The novel opens in May, 1944, and Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry are waiting in England for the invasion they know will come, but no one knows when. Both are from the small town of Bedford Virginia, and both are putting their life on the line. Josiah serves in the infantry and Marcus is in an all-black transportation unit. They're practicing over and over for the invas ...more
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
it was tolking about a man that was going to war a geanst the other sighd of the army and they was not going to stop until one man is stand. and then go have a selibration

I liked the book and I liked it wen it sayed one last man standing
Tyler N
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the book, I wish it did not end with him getting a bullet in his leg, and his friend getting one in the chest.
Brendan Folk
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Growing up in a small town in Virginia doesn’t prepare Josiah Wedgewood for the life altering events of World War II. Could you handle seeing friends being killed each and everyday; then waking up the next day and having to experience it all over again? This book challenges you with that question and also allows you to understand the tragedies and the victories of war.
The main character of this book is Josiah Wedgewood, a solider in the United States Army. This story begins in 1944, the exact
When I come across books by Walter Dean Myers, I make an effort to get my hands on and read them, as Myers is such a prolific author and someone whom I think has contributed so much to the oeuvre of multicultural young adult literature. I think I was one of the few people incredibly excited about obtaining a copy of Invasion, Myers’ World War II D-Day book at BEA. Whatever though, I will keep beating my drum in praise and in hopes that more people will pick up these books and stock their classro ...more
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
There are certain occasions in life where fear is acceptable. Invasion is based on the experiences of a teenager who fought in World War 2. "Woody", as he was called, had no clue what he was getting himself into when he enlisted in the Army. This book turned out to be exactly what the publisher said it would be. It included multiple “edge-of-your-seat” moments that kept me from putting the book down. Walter Dean Myers clearly wrote this book for anyone who wants a non-censored, first hand accoun ...more
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Woody is part of the 29th Infantry Division which invaded France against the Germans on D-Day suffering heavy casualties. This is the story of the Invasion and the weeks following D-Day. Walter Dean Myers gives as another war story. Billed as a prequel to Fallen Angels and Sunrise over Fallujah, Myers shows the horrors of war without being too graphic and sends the message that war is not the answer to the world’s problems. Although the swear count is high, I would certainly recommend this on a ...more
Lucus Parsons
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was a change from the other books as the main character was white which gave the story a different perspective. It allowed the reader to see the racism in the eyes of a white soldier. This story was a more serious and straightforward type of story as it told the story and devastation of war from the frontlines in the heat of battle. I believe because of this factor is the reason I enjoyed this book more than the previous ones.
Gregory Pedersen
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read Meyers' book Fallen Angels back in high school, so that is why I chose to read this one. Both books really portray war as the horror it truly is. This particular book was quite good but a bit choppy in some parts. The afterword by Meyers was an excellent follow up concerning his intentions. ...more
Diego Valenzuela
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a man named Woody and Marcus who fight in World War 2. I liked this book because I like history. I would recommend this book to someone who likes history.
Tyler P
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am reading INVASION by Walter Dean Myers. In INVASION you meet Marcus Perry. Marcus Perry is working with the allied forces in World- War-II they are preparing for D-Day. They have many training drills to prepare for the invasion. When the invasion starts Marcus watches the united states army get destroyed. After the invasion they are defending their newly taken base. This book is good I recommend it to anybody that like’s WWII books that are about war. :D
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Invasion by Walter Dean Myers is a WWII book that highlights many aspects of WWII. It is 1944, and the war is heating up. The soldiers all around the world are eager to jump into the battlefield, but at the same time are afraid of the future. Josiah Wedgewood, (or Woody) a white man, and Marcus Perry, a black man from the same town in Virginia are yet to learn important lessons of life such as race, friendship, and what it really means to fight in a war. Men of all backgrounds, like Woody and Ma ...more
Braydon Webster
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“I am so scared! I am so scared! There are explosions on the beach to my right.” “Invasion,” by Walter Dean Myers page 44. This book is about Josiah “Woody” Wedgewood and his journey to survive the Invasion of Normandy. This invasion happens during World War Two. Woody has to balance staying brave and keeping save so that he and his friends can return home. I thought this book was extremely good. I would recommend it to people who like war and exciting books. It also can be very deep if you loo ...more
Ms. Patterson
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I started reading this last week on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. I was looking for something in my collection which described the day and found I had very little. This title was the only fiction I had.

Myers writes a mean war story. It's gritty, brutal and raw. I saw this in arguably his best book, FALLEN ANGELS, and he does the same here with INVASION. He doesn't hold back in describing the horrible things Woody saw and did in battle. But this isn't FALLEN ANGELS. It doesn't beat you down and
Jaron Kostka
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is about the D-day invasion. The main character is Woody and he is 19. Woody had a bullet come close to hitting him, it hit his gun and destroyed it. Woody starts to see the German soldiers as more than just an enemy and as real people. He realized this after interrogating German soldier. The book is meant to show how bad war can get. In the book it talks about how Woody saw people laying dead on the beach, and these people are people that he was talking with only hours ago. The book t ...more
Conor H
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Invasion by walter Dean Myers is a book based on WW2 the narrator is Josiah from the 29th infantry division. In the beginning of the book they are training and then the narrator is part of the invasion of normandy and it explains what terrible things he sees. The author wrote two other books of war one was Fallen angels the other was sunrise over fallujah. The author wrote these books because he had a brother in vietnam and a son in fallujah so making the book invasion made sense since he grew ...more
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Carson Scribner
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book Invasion by Walter Dean Myers is a publishers weekly best book of the year. The book is a war-story about a soldier that approaches a remarkable experience of World War ll that will change his life forever. The soldiers name was Josiah Wedgewood and was Marcus Perry are the main characters. Invasion was a great book to read because of the friendship between two people, the lessons about race, and what dedication to keep your life and fight for your country reveals the characteristics of ...more
Austrie Martinez
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
“Invasion” by Walter Dean Myers is the prequel to “Fallen Angels” and “Sunrise Over Fallujah.” I read them out of order, which didn’t matter whatsoever. “Fallen Angels” was the first book I read in this makeshift series - and it’s the best one. I read “Sunrise Over Fallujah” next and it didn’t rank as high as “Fallen Angels.” I finished “Invasion” last night and was sorely disappointed.

“Invasion” is based during WWII, mainly the invasion of Normandy. I’m well versed in WWII history and this see
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Josiah Wedgewood faces an external conflict when he is fighting the Germans in the hedgerows. He and his fellow troops are caught off guard but eventually push them off. In the text it states ““Go toward the fields! Go toward the fields!” It made no sense. The fields could have been full of Germans waiting for us. Everybody was up and moving away from the houses. The booming of the panzers went on, and I heard a loud explosion just to my left".(p117) This proves that Josiah is having a external ...more
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about war and people who went through it. The book Invasion is about a nineteen year old boy named Josiah Wedgewood and how he goes through World War 2. It shows how he handles going through death everyday and the tragedies of war. He didn't really understand why he had to keep going because people were dying all around. He learned to live with the pain and that he has to take risks in life. At first he had thoughts of fear going through hi ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
the book showed how when they got on to the beach they were all shot at by the germans and had lost a lot of soldiers there and the day of that is now known as D-Day. Then how they had to go in the morning to train by getting up onto the battle ship that will be dropping them off near the beach but not on the beach.How they had to make a fox hole so when the germans try to throw grenades where they would stay for the night they will just throw them into the hole. Then when they tried to get out ...more
Anthony Arrigo
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
The part where i am at is were the soldiers are going to sleep because they have a very big day tommarow so some soldiers are awake and some are sleeping. I can relate to this because usually i go to sleep early if it is a important day or school day, but on the weekends i stay up a lot because there will be nothing big coming up that day.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
i gave invasion a 4 star review because it was a great action. There was a big battle; it described how one guy died and how it was all bloody and covered with mud.
AJ Schemenauer
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a good action packed book about world war 2. This book made me want to research more about the war. Walter Dean Myers does an amazing job in writing this book.
Janice Chapman Murray
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Takes you right though the Normandy Invasion & a few weeks beyond. There was humor (even if it was dark humor) between the men.
This is a young adult read but everyone would enjoy it.
Kat O
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-for-work, 2019
I love this man but I can be critical here. The story was disjointed, hard to invest in, vague and all around unsatisfying.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
amazing got me into the world wars
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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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