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Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

Fallen Angels

by Walter Dean Myers

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Myers, Walter Dean. Fallen Angels. New York: Scholastic Printing, 2008.
Character: Richie Perry, Peewee, Lobel, Johnson, Brunner, Viet Cong
Setting: Vietnam War
Theme: Coming of age, war, social equality
Genre: Historical Fiction
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Summary: This is a story told through the eyes of young man, Richie Perry, who joins the fight against the Viet Cong in the Vietnam War. He does not join the fight because he has a stance on a particular issue instead it has to do more with his economic status. He had aspirations to attend college but instead is sent across the world to fight in the trenches. The story is extremely graphic and there is not sugar coating the devastation of war and its affects. During his time in the trenches, he discuss the fear of encountering the Viet Cong and the boredom that comes with sitting around and waiting for engage. During these missions, he notices that black soldiers are given more dangerous mission and begins to question why that is. Pewee and Perry go on a variety of missions and witness the casualties of war first hand. They climax of the story comes with Perry and Pewee are sent on patrol by helicopter and encounter some Viet Cong soldiers. They need to fight for their lives and have to hide from the enemy before making it safely back to camp. During this trip back to camp, Pewee is injured and leaves the reader wondering if he will make it back. The story is very graphic and very insightful, since it brings the violence of war directly to the readers.
Audience: High School
Curriculum ties: Vietnam War, global issues.
Personal response: The book is told through Perry’s point of view and the scenes of war described in the book are very gruesome. At one point, one of their friends in their platoon strays from the marching path and steps on a land mine and is killed instantly. Perry and Pewee use one another for emotional support, to help themselves get through their service time. Some social issues are addressed in the book such as African Americans being given more dangerous missions, making it seem as though they were expendable. It also conjures up feelings of fear and survival very effectively, such as the instance where Pewee and Perry find themselves face to face with a Viet Cong. They have to decide immediately whether to kill him or let him go and the repercussions that will follow. They decide to take the Viet Cong’s life in fear of him disclosing their hiding location. This is a great book for individual’s interested in war, but due to the graphic content, it may not be appropriate for everyone.
  abui | Mar 8, 2013 |
The dense and hot jungles of Vietnam now a war zone! Fallen Angels puts the hectic combat of the Vietnam War into the eyes of a young soldier. Rick Perry just graduated High School and knows he cannot afford college. He decides to join the Army and he very well knows he is heading to Vietnam. The only thing is he is unsure what to expect there. In Vietnam He meets his squad who becomes like brothers to each other. They want to get out alive, so they all help and care for each other. There are problems in the Vietnam War. Disease, fear, death, the fog of war (uncertainty) all these things take their place as Pvt. (Private) Rick Perry endures the chaos combat of the Vietnam War! ( )
  br13nifo | Jan 25, 2013 |
Horrifying and heartbreaking - teen soldier's point of view of the Vietnam War. If you need a reminder of the phrase "War is hell" this book would be it. Now I know why the woman at the National Book Festival was crying when she asked a question of the author, Walter Dean Myers. ( )
  tkhughes8 | Jan 21, 2013 |
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Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers is a book that will drag you in and make you feel like you were at the Vietnam War. This book is about a man who leaves for the Vietnam War and leaves his mama and his brother Kenny behind. He learns to survive and push through the worst times. He learns what the value of life is and also death. Many of the men he is with become his friends. Some of them become very close and talk about back home while others are gone before he even knows them.
This fast paced book does have scenes that should not have been included simply because there was no reason for them. The scene would start then end and not affecting anything else. The main character, Perry goes through a lot of changes in this book. He goes in not knowing what he is doing. While he is in the war he gets a total new point of view. This book is mainly a story about a man who learns what its like to live in a war. This was a great book and everyone should make some time to read it sometime soon. ( )
  br13wylar | Sep 14, 2012 |
​The book is about a man named Corporal Richie Perry and he's joining the army. The main story is just all him in the army. He meets another man named Harold "Peewee" Gates and he's also new in the army. They both become best friends when they join the same company called the Alpha Company. I don't want to spoil the book but let's just say its a pretty sad book.

​My opinion on the book is that the book was FANTASTIC! There was just enough detail and the story didn't go off topic. It was the best book in my opinion because there was never a bad part of the book. The whole book made the stay on the edge of my seat with all the battles. I would give this book a 5/5 stars and recommend it to ages 12 and up due to some gory scenes. Great job Walter Dean Myers! ( )
  br13brsi | Sep 8, 2012 |
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To my brother, Thomas Wayne "Sonny" Myers, whose dream of adding beauty to this world through his humanity and his art ended in Vietnam on May 7, 1968.
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"Somebody must have told them suckers I was coming."
"Kenny would be fighting with Mama about going to bed. Maybe he would wonder about about what I was doing. If he was in bed already, he wold be reading comics under the blanket with a flashlight. I wondered if he would feel anything if I got nailed? Would he wake up in the middle of the night, wondering what was wrong? Would he feel uneasy, knowing that halfway around the world his brother was hurting? Kenny, I love you."
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Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.
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A coming of age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, Fallen Angels is the story of Perry, a Harlem teenager who volunteers for the service when his dream of attending college falls through. Sent to the front lines, Perry and his platoon come face-to-face with the Vietcong and the real horror of warfare. But violence and death aren't the only hardships. As Perry struggles to find virtue in himself and his comrades, he questions why black troops are given the most dangerous assignments, and why the U.S. is there at all. Fallen Angels won the 1989 Coretta Scott King Award.

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Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.

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