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Fallen Angels [Mass Market Paperback]

Walter Dean Myers
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1988 0590409433 978-0590409438 Reprint 12 and up 7 and up
An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers' bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.

A coming-of-age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, this 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.

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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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. . . as thought provoking as it is entertaining, touching and, on occasion, humorous. -- The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590409433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590409438
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.9 x 2.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (316 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fallen Angles Review May 18, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a sophomore at Clark Magnet High School and I just finished reading Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers. As a high school student I have to tell you that this is the best book that I read this year. This is also one of the best books that I have enjoyed in a very long time. I got the book from our school library and I did not think that it was going to be this good. I just checked it out and told myself that it is just a book and its going to be just like the other 90% of the books that I have read and that it is going to be boring. Little did I know that I enjoyed this book. This book is written so close to the heart. Fallen Angels if about the Vietnam War and how it was actually going on and the real truth behind the way the war was going on. This is also a story about friendship between soldiers and other personnel from the army. This book was written in so much detail that you think that you are there in the battle fighting with the enemy. This story is about the main character whose name is Richard Perry and he enlists in the army. There he meets a friend who later becomes his closest friend and his name is Peewee. At the army Peewee and Perry become close friends and they meet some other friends who are Lobel, Johnson, Brummer and their tight friendship. They get into many battles with the Vietnamese and end up losing their friends. This book shows how much of an effect the Vietnam War had on the soldiers and how they try to stick together through all the hardships. I would recommend this book to war-story fans and war-story lovers that are mature. Even though I am a little young to be reading this book it was still interesting to me. Fallen Angels contains some very graphic language that I do not think will be appropriate to teenagers under the age of seventeen. So if you like war-stories this will be a great story to start reading.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fallen Angels Review May 6, 2001
By Pouya
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fallen Angels is a tale of five soldiers coming from different parts of the States to serve their country in the Vietnam War which is taking place in the 1960's.The book's main focus lays on a soldier by the name of Richie Perry a young kid out of the poor streets of Harlem (New York). Perry didn't have any intention to go to the army, he preferred college, but after not getting in he was left with no other choice. While in Nam the soldiers face racial conflicts between themselves that distracts them from the war. While having to fight off constant conflict barriers Sergeant Simpson, Lieutenant Carroll, and others are making an effort to come up with various tactics to defeat the Congs, as Peewee says. The characters must also deal with the physical abuse they go through while still having to participate in combat. The book in general deals with issues concerning violence and racism. Although the story wonders off into long spans of dialogue, it still keeps the reader entertained with its action-oriented themes. It contains inappropriate language for younger audiences, which is spread throughout the book.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for everyone August 2, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book because it is an optional novel for me to teach to my sophomores. I wasn't expecting much. I had it labelled in my mind as a "Vietnam War" book, a "boy's" book, and a "Black experience" book. What I found was a gripping novel about war and compassion, humanity and the humane. It was so great I read the whole book in one five hour sitting. Meyers uses humor at the exact moments it is needed, deftly manipulating the reader's emotions, and the character portrayals are so vivid I had the entire book cast with popular actors within a few pages! This is one of the best books I've read all year, and I'm definitely going to use it in the classroom!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of �Fallen Angels� March 24, 2001
By A Customer
Format:School & Library Binding
Fallen Angels is about a soldier named Perry and his adventures in Vietnam. I thought this was a great book and I couldn't put it down. I was assigned to read this book, but I read it even in my spare time for fun. There is a lot of action when Perry and his squad go into battle. There was a lot of history about the Vietnam War. This kept me interested the whole time. There are a couple of points where the story gets a little weird when Perry is thinking about his feelings about the war and killing people. He seems to be really depressed and moody and really wanting to go home. He wishes he never joined the army. But it helped me understand how a soldier must have felt about the war.
I would recommend this book to anyone, especially fans of history and action books. One last thing make, sure that you have a lot of spare time before reading Fallen Angles, because you won't want to put it down.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Worth the Read December 12, 2000
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Fallen Angels - A Look at What Life Really Means
Walter Dean Myers' Fallen Angels is a well-written tale of not only the tragedies of the Vietnam War and of the experiences of the typical black American soldier, but also an open-minded view of the realities of precious life and courageous death. The main character in the book, Richard Perry, is a young man fresh out of a high school in Harlem. When dreams of going to college and playing basketball don't turn out as he'd planned, Perry joins the army, and is sent to the front line in Vietnam. The rest of the story describes his life in the army: his arrival in the foreign country, the meeting of his squad, and the building of friendships and camaraderie. The dialogue between the soldiers is realistic, sometimes grotesque, and often humorous. Myers also vividly depicts the battles Perry fights in, using exquisite language so to bring the reader into the battle itself with the soldiers. He uses his expertise to show the pain felt by Perry and his friends. I do not mean physical pain alone, but pain of the aching heart and wandering mind, the tired body and longing soul. One example of such description is found after one particular battle when Perry says, " I had stood trembling in fear and waiting, and had run in near panic for the choppers and hoped and prayed for a few minutes more of life" (Myers 141). Another example is found during another battle, when Perry tries desperately to think of other things besides the war he is in. He remembers his Harlem home, saying, " It would be day and the park would be filled with kids, their screaming and laughter would slide along the light beams into the helter skelter world of monkey bars and swings" ( 246). For me, this book is one of great power and insight.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining easy read for young adults.
From the beginning this book grabs your attention just with the dialogue because it's really eye catching and familiar. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ian
4.0 out of 5 stars great price
My son needed to replace this book from his school library or pay fee thatv was 3x's the cost I paid for it. Arrived in a timely manner and saved me money!
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fallen angels
This book is a required reading book for middle school and it is a veRy good book about Vietnam war.
Published 5 months ago by Ishrat Rafi
3.0 out of 5 stars Fallen Angels
Good "memoir" but a bit overly dramatic. Could have wrote a bit more about his commitment to the unit, if there was any.
Published 5 months ago by jim
3.0 out of 5 stars Seriously flawed, but seriously good.
This is a very good book with a real story to tell. I really liked this book, but it made me angry, very angry. First the good part, there are very few groaners. Read more
Published 11 months ago by John Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars A Different View of Vietnam
Fallen Angels was a captivating war story that displayed to me a different side to the Vietnam war. In Fallen Angels, one will learn about the pain and suffering and friendship... Read more
Published 13 months ago by DanRudy
4.0 out of 5 stars Youth is wasted on war
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers is about a group of black teenagers who enlist in the Vietnam War because they have little to no hope for a good future back home. Read more
Published 14 months ago by brutusmuktuk
5.0 out of 5 stars Using it in class!
Our teacher asked us to get this book for class - and what a story it is - we learned a lot.
Published 14 months ago by Margret
4.0 out of 5 stars War at its Ugliest
Being a fan of Walter Dean Myers, I have been looking forward to reading "Fallen Angels" for some time. Read more
Published 15 months ago by JMack
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
my son said he loved this book he said it took him no time to read it but overall it was great
Published 16 months ago by Lila
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