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Gr 8 Up-Invasion tells of the events of D-Day and the weeks immediately following from the perspective of Josiah Wedgewood, a young soldier in the U.S. Army's 29th infantry. Woody and his fellow battalion mates are only vaguely aware of what will be happening when they arrive at Omaha Beach. The landing, as history knows, is horrendous. Woody watches as dozens of his companions are killed. Immediately after, the men begin to fight their way inland. The action is nonstop and the losses are heartbreaking. The segregation of the U.S. Army is only lightly touched upon, as Woody runs into an African American he knew from his hometown; the majority of the novel is the 29th infantry's push across the French countryside. Myers eloquently conveys how exhausting war is physically and emotionally. He writes simple sentences that are often short, sharp, and blunt. The language is somewhat innocent, a bit gentler than what readers are used to now; but since it is a novel about war, there are some F-bombs and some earthy talk about bodies. Woody and his mates are thinking of home, while trying not to think in general. There is a subtle bit of reader manipulation; although the book is written in the past tense, the D-Day landing chapter is in present tense, adding to its tension. With the constant forward momentum of the soldiers, and the continuous battles they fight, this novel can be hard to read, but it is also hard to put down.-Geri Diorio, Ridgefield Library, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* It’s June 6, 1944, D-Day, and 19-year-old Josiah “Woody” Wedgewood is part of the Allied invasion, huddled up with a group of other men against the cliffs on Omaha Beach. “We are in a killing zone,” he thinks in agony, “and we are dying.” All around him is a scene from hell: the beach filled with the dead and dying; more soldiers being mercilessly shot by the Germans as they attempt to land on the beach; the noise of war— shots and explosions—so loud that Woody can’t hear the screams all around him. “I will never be the same again,” he thinks. Myers’ excellent prequel to his two other war novels, Fallen Angels (1988) and Sunrise over Fallujah (2008), charts the course of war in the month following the invasion as Woody, who tells the compelling story in his own first-person voice, and his comrades continue to fight through the countryside in pursuit of the Germans. The reader sees the fear, confusion, horror, and brutality of war through Woody’s eyes. In a subplot involving Woody and his African American friend Marcus, the reader is also acquainted with the ugly segregation that was a daily fact of life during WWII. In this novel, Myers has done peace an inestimable service by showing so vividly what a truly terrible idea war is. Grades 9-12. --Michael Cart

Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545384281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545384285
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #940,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Walter Dean Myers is a New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author who has garnered much respect and admiration for his fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for young people. Winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award, he is considered one of the preeminent writers for children. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his family.

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This is the third novel in a loosely-connected series of war stories by Walter Dean Myers. Marcus Perry, one of the lead characters in this novel, is father to Richie Perry ("Fallen Angels"). Richie is Uncle to Robin Perry of "Sunrise in Fallujah". Marcus Perry is not the main character in this novel, however. Josiah Wedgewood (Woody) is his hometown friend who fights in the infantry, and most of this book centers around Woody's experiences with war. "Invasion" deals with the storming of Omaha beach and fighting the Germans in Normandy. The action in this novel is graphic and realistic. The language is explicit, but not out of place, considering the events of the book. With every battle, more and more of Woody's fellow soldiers are killed. The deaths take their toll on everyone and everyone has a different way of coping (or not coping) with the experience. The author's note at the end of the novel is excellent and helps to put this novel in context. Although I didn't like this book as much as "Fallen Angels", I would definitely recommend it.
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I think that this book challenged some of my views of how the Americans treated German prisoners and how their troops functioned. Like when they captured a deserting German solider they questioned him and then shot him and I thought that the Americans were much more nice. “Search them.” “I went through his pockets. He had a letter, ammunition, and a Hersey bar.” They did not help them they just left them to die after they took everything. They also had to keep going and did not help out their fellow soldiers. “Leave him he’s dead.”
I like the book over all and it was very intense at some points of time in the book. They made it sound like you were in the war with booms and cussing when stuff happened. I may read some other of his war stories because they were so good. He is a good author and knows how to get and keep your attention. I would recommend this to everyone who likes war and World War II. It is very realistic and you feel like you are there.
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Source: Received an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I've seen a lot of works by this author but have never tried any of his works for myself. I was a bit nervous to read that Invasion is a prequel to two previous works by Myers but after conducting a bit of research, I realized they aren't really related. One character in this book is the ancestor of characters in the other two but they are set in much later time periods while this one looks closely at D-Day and the invasion of Normandy.

I've read some outstanding examples of WWII fiction (um, Elizabeth Wein anyone?) but lately it has been looking more at a female perspective rather than the male soldier perspective so I was excited for a different take. From the summary, I thought it might explore segregation during this period in addition to looking at war's tragedies. That's not really true. Though main character Josiah Wedgewood does briefly mention segregation (not officially ended until an Executive Order in 1948) and how that might make his friend feel, never mind how he feels about it, it does not play an important role. Instead there are long descriptions of the fighting and killing and towards the end, the story becomes more poignant with Josiah pondering how he'll continue.

After getting over my disappointment that this book isn't really about Josiah and Marcus Perry's interracial friendship (and really doesn't the cover kind of suggest that?), I really struggled with this book. It reminded me of "Saving Private Ryan" with its incredible visuals that are much harder to read. I found the reading very dull.
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Invasion by Walter Dean Myers involves storming Omaha beach and fighting the Germans in Normandy, while telling the story of one soldier: Josiah Wedgewood. He deals with every battle and copes with seeing his fellow soldiers dying in front of him. The book shows a whole different side of war. What the public hears is much different than what the soldiers deal with. The public may hear about an explosion but the soldiers have to live through it. The book is realistic and historic. The Author's note really helped explain the book and helps to understand the soldier's point of view.

I would definitely recommend this book if you like war novels. I felt like the book was a little dry at first, then at very few points throughout the rest of it. But when the action started, it kept me very entertained until the very end, and I think Walter Dean Myers did a great job with that.
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