Hotlight Spotlight: Invasion
by Walter Dean Myers
There are many reasons to love Walter Dean Myers. He writes books for communities who are often overlooked: boys and African Americans. Many students are turned on to Myers’ books through school assignments. Then they keep coming back to Myers for more of the hard hitting reality that Myers is known for. Kids who won’t read about vampires and aren’t interested in sports will often be willing to read about war like “Invasion.”
Walter Dean Myers brilliantly renders the realities of World War II.
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.
Need I say more about the power of Myers’ ability to discuss the human condition in a way that boys can understand? TheWWII backround will certainly discuss racism in a manner that the kids might not have thought about.
Which Walter Dean Myers’ books have your children read?