Parents' Guide to

Sunrise Over Fallujah

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Realistic, nonpolitical view of the war in Iraq.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Parents, BEWARE!!!

This book was in-class reading for my 8th grader, until my child told me the content was not appropriate. I looked into this, and not only is the sexual content not appropriate, but the religious propaganda which is communicated throughout is offensive. As an adult I don't appreciate rape scenes and "Playboy" magazine humor, and I certainly would not recommend this for a child. There is nothing redeeming about this book.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.
age 13+

its life

this book is about life and its good for kids to learn alitle about life and how war goes.

This title has:

Educational value

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (6):

So far there have been very few books for young adults about this ongoing conflict, but this is one that does the job admirably. Writing about the reality of a current conflict for children, or even young adults, is of necessity a balancing act -- how much to show, how far to go, in accurate depictions of horrific events. Veteran author Walter Dean Myers walks that fine line about as perfectly as it can be done. He doesn't pull his punches, but neither does he go overboard. He has just enough violence and swearing to keep it realistic without wallowing in them, and thereby gives about as accurate a picture of the fog of war in this particularly foggy war as one can give to children.

He does this, in part, by keeping some emotional distance between the readers and the characters. The book is moving, but the reader never gets to know the characters well enough to be truly shattered by the things that happen to them. Again, a balance -- there's just enough emotional involvement, but not too much. And he shows the boredom and the humor that are just as much a part of army life as violence and death, even in a war zone.

From the Book:
I didn't know if I had the same will to win as the guy from the 3rd. What I did know was that I wanted to do my part. The officers let us sit around and talk up the war and I thought that they did it on purpose. It was like being in a locker room before the big game.

"I seen a 240 take a guy's leg off from a hundred yards," a big-headed corporal said. "The whole leg came off and the sucker was just laying on the ground, looking at his leg as he died."

I felt a little sick.

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