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Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels

Fall 1988 Fiction
Ages: 12 & Up
Author: Walter Dean Myers
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0312280076
Hardcover Price: $14.15
Paperback Price: $5.99
Review:
Like most of his Harlem peers in the 60's, Richie Perry loves basketball. Unlike most of them, he graduated from high school with dreams of going to college and becoming a writer like James Baldwin. However, his desire to help support his mother and small brother outweighs his dreams, and he joins the army. Predictably, he is shipped to Viet Nam.

As Richie begins his inexorable descent into a series of battles, he is befriended by Pee-Wee Gates, a tough, funny character from Louisiana, and by Lieutenant Carroll, who prays with his platoon, referring to the dead as "angel warriors that fall." In a novel filled with action and compassion, the author leads Richie and the reader into and through the internal and external chaos of the war in Viet Nam.

Kemie Nix   ©1988 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.


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