Fallen angels

Author Myers, Walter Dean,
Language English
Publisher
Scholastic $6.99., 2008




Annotation:

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.



Subjects :

  • Juvenile fiction
  • Fiction
  • Juvenile literature
  • War
  • Fiction.
  • Blacks
  • Coretta Scott King Award
  • Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975
  • African Americans
  • Afro-Americans
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975

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Best Books :

  • Best Books for Young Adults, 1988 , American Library Association YALSA
  • Best of the Best Revisited (100 Best Books for Teens, 2001 , American Library Association-YALSA
  • Core Collection: The Vietnam War in Youth Fiction, 2006 , American Library Association
  • Not Just for Children Anymore, 1999 , Children's Book Council
  • Not Just for Children Anymore, 2000 , Children's Book Council
  • Not Just for Children Anymore, 2001 , Children's Book Council
  • Senior High Core Collection, Seventeenth Edition, 2007 , The H. W. Wilson Co.
  • Young Adults' Choices, 1990 , International Reading Association
  • Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Eleventh Edition, 1992 , National Council of Teachers of English
  • Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 , H.W. Wilson
  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 , H.W. Wilson
  • Senior High School Library Catalog, Fifteenth Edition, 1997 , H.W. Wilson
  • Senior High School Library Catalog, Sixteenth Edition, 2002 , H.W. Wilson
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 1998 , American Library Association

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • Coretta Scott King Book Award , Winner , 1989, United States
  • Young Adult Book Award , Winner , 1994, Pennsylvania
  • Keystone to Reading Book Award , Winner , 1994, Pennsylvania
  • Parents' Choice Award , Gold , 1988, United States
  • Coretta Scott King Award--author , 1989
  • Charlotte Award , Winner , 1992, United States
  • South Carolina Young Adult Book Award , Winner , 1991, South Carolina

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award; Nominee 1991-1991 Colorado
  • MRA Reader's Choice Award; Nominee 1993-1993 Michigan
  • Young Adult Reading Program; 1989-1989 South Dakota
  • South Carolina Young Adult Book Award; Nominee 1991-1991 South Carolina

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Curriculum Tools :

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Reading Measurement Programs:


0590409425
Scholastic Inc. (New York:) 1988.

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level High School
Reading Level 8
Accelerated Reader Points 12


0590409433, 9780590409438
Scholastic (New York:) 1989.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Upper Grade
Book Level 4.2
Accelerated Reader Points 11

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 650
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level High School
Reading Level 8
Accelerated Reader Points 12

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Reviews :

Adrian Jackson (Books for Keeps No. 72, January 1992)
A powerful piece of writing which seems to lack any kind of literary artifice, it tells the story of one soldier from his arrival in Vietnam by plane to his departure, wounded and accompanied by the caskets of other soldiers. In between he becomes part of a squad, tightly bound by experience, especially the shared experience of fear and horrors. There are ironies, the bureaucratic errors that allow him to be sent to Vietnam, the repeated assertions of peace on the way although we know, in hindsight, how long the war drags on for. This is the modern realisation of Wilfred Owen's 'horror of war'. Category: Older Readers. . ...., Tracks, 3.50. Ages 15 to adult.
(PUBLISHER: Lion Tracks, PUBLISHED: 1991.)

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
With starred reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist and Kirkus Reviews, this moving novel by acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers is a modern classic. In the late 1960s, Richie Perry is growing up fast on the battlefields of Vietnam. But in the war-torn jungle, every moment is a struggle to survive. All Richie wants is to make it out alive. n.d., Recorded Books, Unabridged Cassette - Library Edition; 97921, $61.75. Ages 13 to 18.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books Unabridged Cassette- Library Edition; 97921 $61.75., PUBLISHED: n.d.)

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
With starred reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist and Kirkus Reviews, this moving novel by acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers is a modern classic. In the late 1960s, Richie Perry is growing up fast on the battlefields of Vietnam. But in the war-torn jungle, every moment is a struggle to survive. All Richie wants is to make it out alive. n.d., Recorded Books, Unabridged CD - Library Edition; C3242, $77.75. Ages 13 to 18.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books Unabridged CD- Library Edition; C3242 $77.75., PUBLISHED: n.d.)

(Bookbird Reviews)
A riveting account of the Vietnam War from the perspective of a young black soldier. Richie perry, a 17-year-old from Harlem, arrives in Vietnam in 1967. His first-person narrative provides an immediacy to the events and characters revealed. His experiences bocome reader's experiences, as do his fears and his insight about this war, any war. "We spent another day lying around. It seemed to be what the war was about. Hours of boredom, seconds ofterror. "During one of those terrifying times, a large number of American soldiers are killed. Because they cannot be carried back, the decision is made to burn the bodies. "I was afraid of the dead guys. I saw them, arms limp, faces sometimes twisted in anguish, mostly calm, and I was afraid of them. They were me. We wore the same uniform, were the same height, had the same face. They were me, and they were dead." In the end, when Richie is wounded, he returns home. This is a compelling, graphic, necessarily gruesome, and wholly plausible novel. It neither condemns nor glorifies the war but certainly causes readers to think about the events. Other difficult issues, such as race and the condition of the Vietnamese people, are sensitively and realistically incorporated into the novel. The soldiers language is raw, but appropriate to the characters. This is a book which should be read by both young adults and adults.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic $6.99., PUBLISHED: 2008 (orig. 1988))

Sara Rofofsky Marcus (Children's Literature)
With the addition of extensive About the Author and Interview with Walter Dean Myers sections, this anniversary edition of the Coretta Scott King award-winning book tells of seventeen-year-old Richie Perry s journey to Vietnam from the Projects in New York City. A modern-day All Quiet on the Western Front, this work draws upon Myers experienced knowledge of the jargon of New York City and the boys of the day, heavily sprinkled with curses and other terminology only heard on the streets of New York City. By showing what is going on in the minds of teenagers both drafted and volunteering to serve their country, the reader is drawn into the experience, sharing the good and the bad. Hiding no horrors, the reader experiences death, fear, loss, friendship, hate, racism, and hope for the future along with the characters in the army, particularly Richie s friends, Peewee, Lobel, Johnson, and Brunner. A useful book for any literature tie-in with a history class studying war or racism, this work will assist students in gaining a real-life understanding of what occurs during such situations, rather than solely the facts studied in a traditional history course. 2008 (orig. 1988), Scholastic, $6.99. Ages 16 to Adult.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic $6.99., PUBLISHED: 2008 (orig. 1988))

CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1988)
A landmark book offers a logical, gripping, easy-to-follow story about the illogic of war, using Vietnam for the setting and U.S. teenagers as most of the characters. Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry is the African-American protagonist whose medical papers don't catch up with him before he's shipped overseas. Although the war at home is revealed in letters the soldiers send and receive, almost all of the episodes occur in the jungle during tedious hours occasionally interrupted by minutes of sheer terror and chaos. Realistic elements include graphic scenes of military/civilian violence; tragic events of loss or betrayal; and a mild representation of the language of soldiers experiencing these events. Myers chose not to emphasize drug use and sexual activity in what seems to be an effortlessly woven plot peopled with believable characters and relieved with interludes of humor. He also resisted moralizing, but the highly moral core of the novel is evident throughout; along with Richie Perry's humanity and bravery, this morality will be remembered long after readers finish the book. Winner, 1988 CCBC Newbery Discussion. CCBC Category: Fiction For Teenagers. 1988, Scholastic/Hardcover, 309 pages., $12.95. Age 11 and older.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic Inc. (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1988.)

(Bookbird Reviews)
A riveting account of the Vietnam War from the perspective of a young black soldier. Richie perry, a 17-year-old from Harlem, arrives in Vietnam in 1967. His first-person narrative provides an immediacy to the events and characters revealed. His experiences bocome reader's experiences, as do his fears and his insight about this war, any war. "We spent another day lying around. It seemed to be what the war was about. Hours of boredom, seconds ofterror. "During one of those terrifying times, a large number of American soldiers are killed. Because they cannot be carried back, the decision is made to burn the bodies. "I was afraid of the dead guys. I saw them, arms limp, faces sometimes twisted in anguish, mostly calm, and I was afraid of them. They were me. We wore the same uniform, were the same height, had the same face. They were me, and they were dead." In the end, when Richie is wounded, he returns home. This is a compelling, graphic, necessarily gruesome, and wholly plausible novel. It neither condemns nor glorifies the war but certainly causes readers to think about the events. Other difficult issues, such as race and the condition of the Vietnamese people, are sensitively and realistically incorporated into the novel. The soldiers language is raw, but appropriate to the characters. This is a book which should be read by both young adults and adults.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic (New York:), PUBLISHED: [2008] c1988.)

Sara Rofofsky Marcus (Children's Literature)
With the addition of extensive About the Author and Interview with Walter Dean Myers sections, this anniversary edition of the Coretta Scott King award-winning book tells of seventeen-year-old Richie Perry s journey to Vietnam from the Projects in New York City. A modern-day All Quiet on the Western Front, this work draws upon Myers experienced knowledge of the jargon of New York City and the boys of the day, heavily sprinkled with curses and other terminology only heard on the streets of New York City. By showing what is going on in the minds of teenagers both drafted and volunteering to serve their country, the reader is drawn into the experience, sharing the good and the bad. Hiding no horrors, the reader experiences death, fear, loss, friendship, hate, racism, and hope for the future along with the characters in the army, particularly Richie s friends, Peewee, Lobel, Johnson, and Brunner. A useful book for any literature tie-in with a history class studying war or racism, this work will assist students in gaining a real-life understanding of what occurs during such situations, rather than solely the facts studied in a traditional history course. 2008 (orig. 1988), Scholastic, $6.99. Ages 16 to Adult.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic (New York:), PUBLISHED: [2008] c1988.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
A tour of duty for a young soldier in Vietnam is vividly presented in Myers's exceptional novel. Ages 13-up. (May)
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic (New York:), PUBLISHED: [1989] c1988.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Scholastic $6.99., 2008

Media Type:

9780545055765
0545055768
New York: Scholastic, 2008

Media Type: Language Material
309 p.:
PZ7.M992 ([Fic])
0545055768
9780545055765
Reprint. Originally published 1988.
Lion Tracks, 1991

Media Type: Language Material
309p.
(813.54)
0006735967
9780006735960
3772199844
0093772199843
New York: Scholastic, 1989

Media Type: Language Material
309 p. ;
PZ7.M992 ([Fic])
0590409433
9780590409438
0105834130
1090105834135
Originally published c1988.
New York: Scholastic Inc., 1988

Media Type: Language Material
309 p.:
PZ7.M992 Fal 1988
9780590409421
0590409425
9780590409438
0590409433
Austin Tex.: Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1988

Media Type: Language Material
403 p. ;
PZ7.M992 ([Fic])
0030565065
9780030565069
Novel followed by related materials including poems excerpts from speeches narratives and short stories and a biographical sketch of the author.
New York: Scholastic Inc., 1988

Media Type: Language Material
309 p.:
PZ7.M992 ([Fic])
9780590409421
0590409425
Recorded Books Unabridged Cassette- Library Edition; 97921 $61.75.,

Media Type:

9781419316333
1419316338
Recorded Books Unabridged CD- Library Edition; C3242 $77.75.,

Media Type:

9781419332180
141933218X

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