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Invasion

by Walter Dean Myers


Scholastic Press
May 2015


Fiction
Ages 12 – 14 . Grades 7 – 9

Lexile measure: 760L

DRA: N/A

Guided Reading: Z+

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Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry are on their way to an uncertain future. Their whole lives are ahead of them, yet at the same time, death's whisper is everywhere.

One white, one black, these young men have nothing in common and everything in common as they approach an experience that will change them forever.

It's May 1944. World War II is ramping up, and so are these young recruits, ready and eager. In small towns and big cities all over the globe, people are filled with fear. When Josiah and Marcus come together in what will be the greatest test of their lives, they learn hard lessons about race, friendship, and what it really means to fight. Set on the front lines of the Normandy invasion, this novel, rendered with heart-in-the-throat precision, is a cinematic masterpiece. Here we see the bold terror of war, and also the nuanced havoc that affects a young person's psyche while living in a barrack, not knowing if today he will end up dead or alive.
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Walter Dean Myers

The late Walter Dean Myers was the 2012-2013 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He was the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of an award-winning body of work which includes Somewhere in the Darkness, Slam!, and Monster. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honor medals, five Coretta Scott King Author Book Awards, and three National Book Award Finalist citations. In addition, he was the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award.

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  • Praise for INVASION

    “Meyers has done peace an inestimable service by showing so vividly what a truly terrible idea war is.”--BOOKLIST

    “An action-packed novel that will help young readers understand the brutality of war.”--KIRKUS

    “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.”--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

    Praise for FALLEN ANGELS

    * "War-story fans will find enough action here, though it isn't glorified . . . Readers will be haunted." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

    * "A riveting account of the Vietnam War." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review

    * "This gut-wrenching Vietnam War novel . . . breaks uncharted ground." -- BOOKLIST, starred review

    Praise for SUNRISE OVER FALLUJAH

    "Astonishing." -- THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

    "Superb." -- SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

    Praise for THE GLORY FIELD

    * "This series of resonant stories shows how each generation comes of age by taking a stand against oppression. In his typically taut, economic prose, Myers illuminates shadowy corners of history." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

    * "A stunning novel . . . a must read for absolutely everyone." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

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