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Fallen angels
Walter Dean Myers.
New York : Scholastic Inc., c1988.
309 p. : map ; 22 cm.


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.

Best Books:

Best Books for Young Adults, 1988 ; American Library Association YALSA; United States
Best of the Best Revisited (100 Best Books for Teens), 2001 ; American Library Association-YALSA; United States
Core Collection: The Vietnam War in Youth Fiction, 2006 ; American Library Association; United States
Not Just for Children Anymore!, 1999 ; Children's Book Council; United States
Not Just for Children Anymore!, 2000 ; Children's Book Council; United States
Not Just for Children Anymore!, 2001 ; Children's Book Council; United States
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education; California
Senior High Core Collection, Seventeenth Edition, 2007 ; The H. W. Wilson Co.; United States
Young Adults' Choices, 1990 ; International Reading Association; United States

Awards, Honors, Prizes:

Parents' Choice Award, 1988 Gold Fiction United States
Parents' Choice Award, 2003 Best 25 Books in 25 Years United States

State and Provincial Reading Lists:

Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award , 1996-1997 ; Nominee; Indiana

Reading Measurement Programs:

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level High School
Reading Level 8
Title Point Value 12
Lexile Measure 650


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.


Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Juvenile fiction.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Fiction.
African Americans Fiction.
War Fiction.
LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) PZ7.M992 Fal 1988
87023236 [Fic]
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