Sunrise Over Fallujah, Walter Dean Myers

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4 Responses to “Sunrise Over Fallujah, Walter Dean Myers”

  1. Jacob A. Says:

    Summary: Robin is a high school graduate that decides to join the United States army. Robin felt he needed to serve his country after the events of 9/11. After he is deployed in Iraq, he meets his new squad. he quickly makes friends within his squad, one of them being Jonesy, a guy from Georgia who always wants to be playing the blues. Then there’s Marla, she teases Robin a lot and gave him the nickname “Birdy.” She grew up in foster homes and joined the military to become a stronger person, and she wants to become a teacher when she is back home. Robin’s unit patrols areas in Iraq looking out for weapons of mass destruction but also helping the people along the way.

    Evaluation: This book was great; it made you feel the momentum that the effects of war has on people as well as the terror of combat and tragedy. Aside from the action, the book was good at telling the small important details like playing a game of soccer with the local children.

    Rating: 5/5 stars

  2. Adam E. Says:

    Summary: It is the year 2003 and Robin just graduated high school. Instead of entering college, he chooses to enlist in the military. He meets Jonesy, and they become best friends at their station in Iraq. Robin also meets Marla, who nicknamed him “Birdy”. Throughout the book their job is to aid the Iraqis who are living in the war zone. Although, as they later learn, not all Iraqis want their help, and some want Americans dead.

    Review: I’m not usually a big fan of books on war, but ever since the first chapter, this book had me hooked. The book gives you a better insight on what it is like to be in the Iraq war. This is a well written book and I recommend it to anybody.

    Rating: 4/5 stars

    Recommendations: The Outsiders, Of Mice and Men, Gregor the Overlander.

  3. Greg L. Says:

    Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt, is a book about a boy named Frank and his family. In the beginning, Frank describes his parent’s lives and how they met. He then goes on to describe the raising of a family by his parents. Frank and his family live in Limerick, Ireland and go through immense amounts of struggle throughout the book. They go through job loss, poverty, and death. Although the book is narrated by young Frank, it is really a story about the life of his mother, Angela.

    Personally, this is one of my favorite books. I enjoy reading stories about the lives of others. I find it very interesting to read about the similarities and differences between my life and the book. Even though the book was depressing at times, the glimpses of hope that came through allowed me to stay engaged with the story. It makes you smile to see people overcome struggle. There isn’t anything I would change about this book, and I would recommend it to anyone.

    Rating: 5 Stars

    Recommendations: Woman Warrior, The Blind Side, Huckleberry Finn

  4. Lee R. Says:

    Summary: Robin is fresh out of high school and joins the army. He joins the army because he wanted to serve his country and make a difference after 9/11. He goes to Iraq and meets Jonesy, a soldier from Georgia whose lifelong dream has been to open up a blues club. Robin and Jonesy become instant friends and stick together in Iraq. Robin also meets Marla, who gives him the nickname Birdy, and loves to tease him. Robin and Marla have a funny relationship throughout the book. The three of them, and the rest of their unit, patrol areas, mainly looking for WMDs (Weapons of Mass Destruction) in homes. This book not only tells Robin’s experiences and relationships, but the tragedies, death and horrors of war.

    Review: I really, really liked this book. It was a very exciting page-turner. The book had a good balance of humor and action. The book portrayed the terrors of combat very well, and it felt like I was in the story with them.

    Rating: 5/5 stars.

    Recommendations: The Enemy, The Hunger Games, the Last Thing I Remember, The Dead.

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