Invasion by Walter Dean Myers


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 rec...

Details Invasion

Release DateSep 24th, 2013
PublisherScholastic Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, War, Realistic Fiction, Fiction, World War II, Cultural, African American, Action, Childrens, Middle Grade

Reviews Invasion

  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    Invasion is Walter Dean Myers latest war novel. It begins on May 14, 1944 as American troops are preparing for the D-Day invasion of France, which they know will happen but they don't know when. It is narrated by the main character, Josiah "Woody" Wedgewood, who is with the 29th Infantry Division. During practice, Woody runs into an old friend from home, Marcus Perry, an African American soldier in the all black Transportation Corps. The story fo...
  • Alicia
    I appreciated the afterword by Myers and the book. I guess I didn't realize that both Fallen Angels and Sunrise over Fallujah were both born from Myers' connection to the wars (his brother died in Vietnam and his son went over to Iraq). So it was inevitable that he would want to write about another war, in which black infantrymen fought separately for the same war where-- to connect the stories-- the main character is part of the generation of ch...
  • Margo Tanenbaum
    Award-winning author Walter Dean Myers returns to historical fiction in this riveting new war novel about the D-Day invasion. The novel opens in May, 1944, and Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry are waiting in England for the invasion they know will come, but no one knows when. Both are from the small town of Bedford Virginia, and both are putting their life on the line. Josiah serves in the infantry and Marcus is in an all-black transportation un...
  • 22mooreb
    it was tolking about a man that was going to war a geanst the other sighd of the army and they was not going to stop until one man is stand. and then go have a selibration I liked the book and I liked it wen it sayed one last man standing
  • Tyler N
    I enjoyed the book, I wish it did not end with him getting a bullet in his leg, and his friend getting one in the chest.
  • Brendan Folk
    Growing up in a small town in Virginia doesn’t prepare Josiah Wedgewood for the life altering events of World War II. Could you handle seeing friends being killed each and everyday; then waking up the next day and having to experience it all over again? This book challenges you with that question and also allows you to understand the tragedies and the victories of war. The main character of this book is Josiah Wedgewood, a solider in the Unite...
  • April
    When I come across books by Walter Dean Myers, I make an effort to get my hands on and read them, as Myers is such a prolific author and someone whom I think has contributed so much to the oeuvre of multicultural young adult literature. I think I was one of the few people incredibly excited about obtaining a copy of Invasion, Myers’ World War II D-Day book at BEA. Whatever though, I will keep beating my drum in praise and in hopes that more peo...
  • Ivan
    There are certain occasions in life where fear is acceptable. Invasion is based on the experiences of a teenager who fought in World War 2. "Woody", as he was called, had no clue what he was getting himself into when he enlisted in the Army. This book turned out to be exactly what the publisher said it would be. It included multiple “edge-of-your-seat” moments that kept me from putting the book down. Walter Dean Myers clearly wrote this book ...
  • Lisa
    Woody is part of the 29th Infantry Division which invaded France against the Germans on D-Day suffering heavy casualties. This is the story of the Invasion and the weeks following D-Day. Walter Dean Myers gives as another war story. Billed as a prequel to Fallen Angels and Sunrise over Fallujah, Myers shows the horrors of war without being too graphic and sends the message that war is not the answer to the world’s problems. Although the swear c...
  • Lucus Parsons
    This book was a change from the other books as the main character was white which gave the story a different perspective. It allowed the reader to see the racism in the eyes of a white soldier. This story was a more serious and straightforward type of story as it told the story and devastation of war from the frontlines in the heat of battle. I believe because of this factor is the reason I enjoyed this book more than the previous ones.
  • Gregory Pedersen
    I read Meyers' book Fallen Angels back in high school, so that is why I chose to read this one. Both books really portray war as the horror it truly is. This particular book was quite good but a bit choppy in some parts. The afterword by Meyers was an excellent follow up concerning his intentions.
  • Diego Valenzuela
    This book is about a man named Woody and Marcus who fight in World War 2. I liked this book because I like history. I would recommend this book to someone who likes history.
  • Tyler P
    I am reading INVASION by Walter Dean Myers. In INVASION you meet Marcus Perry. Marcus Perry is working with the allied forces in World- War-II they are preparing for D-Day. They have many training drills to prepare for the invasion. When the invasion starts Marcus watches the united states army get destroyed. After the invasion they are defending their newly taken base. This book is good I recommend it to anybody that like’s WWII books that are...
  • Mohamed
    Invasion by Walter Dean Myers is a WWII book that highlights many aspects of WWII. It is 1944, and the war is heating up. The soldiers all around the world are eager to jump into the battlefield, but at the same time are afraid of the future. Josiah Wedgewood, (or Woody) a white man, and Marcus Perry, a black man from the same town in Virginia are yet to learn important lessons of life such as race, friendship, and what it really means to fight i...
  • Braydon Webster
    “I am so scared! I am so scared! There are explosions on the beach to my right.” “Invasion,” by Walter Dean Myers page 44. This book is about Josiah “Woody” Wedgewood and his journey to survive the Invasion of Normandy. This invasion happens during World War Two. Woody has to balance staying brave and keeping save so that he and his friends can return home. I thought this book was extremely good. I would recommend it to people who lik...
  • Conor H
    Invasion by walter Dean Myers is a book based on WW2 the narrator is Josiah from the 29th infantry division. In the beginning of the book they are training and then the narrator is part of the invasion of normandy and it explains what terrible things he sees. The author wrote two other books of war one was Fallen angels the other was sunrise over fallujah. The author wrote these books because he had a brother in vietnam and a son in fallujah so m...
  • Carson Scribner
    The book Invasion by Walter Dean Myers is a publishers weekly best book of the year. The book is a war-story about a soldier that approaches a remarkable experience of World War ll that will change his life forever. The soldiers name was Josiah Wedgewood and was Marcus Perry are the main characters. Invasion was a great book to read because of the friendship between two people, the lessons about race, and what dedication to keep your life and fig...
  • Luke
    Josiah Wedgewood faces an external conflict when he is fighting the Germans in the hedgerows. He and his fellow troops are caught off guard but eventually push them off. In the text it states ““Go toward the fields! Go toward the fields!” It made no sense. The fields could have been full of Germans waiting for us. Everybody was up and moving away from the houses. The booming of the panzers went on, and I heard a loud explosion just to my le...
  • Joseph
    I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about war and people who went through it. The book Invasion is about a nineteen year old boy named Josiah Wedgewood and how he goes through World War 2. It shows how he handles going through death everyday and the tragedies of war. He didn't really understand why he had to keep going because people were dying all around. He learned to live with the pain and that he has to take risks in life....
  • Kat O
    I love this man but I can be critical here. The story was disjointed, hard to invest in, vague and all around unsatisfying.
  • Janice Chapman Murray
    Takes you right though the Normandy Invasion & a few weeks beyond. There was humor (even if it was dark humor) between the men. This is a young adult read but everyone would enjoy it.
  • AJ Schemenauer
    This is a good action packed book about world war 2. This book made me want to research more about the war. Walter Dean Myers does an amazing job in writing this book.
  • Liam
    i gave invasion a 4 star review because it was a great action. There was a big battle; it described how one guy died and how it was all bloody and covered with mud.
  • Cody
    The invasion by walter dean myers the book was nonfiction and the characters are in the war. He is only 19 and he is in the war but his dad did not want him to be in the war. When he first got there he had met a friend that he lived in the same town. They had talked for awhile but then they left and did not see each other after that. He was in the war and he had made a lot of friends but there was also a lot of people that died. He had to get use...
  • Rigoberto
    A very well written book. But I didn’t feel the connection to the characters. Going through each chapter I was waiting for the moment something to connect to any of the characters and it never happened. The action and journey was very detailed and interesting A very well written book. But I️ didn’t feel the connection to the characters. Going through each chapter I️ was waiting for the moment something to connect to any of the character...
  • Eduardo
    i only chose four stars because the whole book to me was good and interesting. in some parts of the book were boring because some paragraphs were so long and the only event that was happening was all of the people from the army having a discussion about how they're going to defeat the other people and what strategies their going to use. but in a overall this was a pretty great book. i would recommend this book to other people to read it because ...
  • Camden
    This book was definitely a new insight on the horribleness of war. Placing the reader in the perspective of a middle-aged man named Josiah Wedgewood. It then narrates through a series of war-time events leading up to the end of WWII. Absolutely a thrill-ride. Would recommend.
  • Morgan
    A solid historical fiction novel about the landing at Omaha Beach, this book had a really different feel than WDM's other works--for starters, it is the story of a white soldier's experience during WWII; there's a brief mention of the work "Negro soldiers" do and segregated forces, but otherwise racial overtones or discussions of race and class are absent. WDM interviewed black and white vets who landed on the Omaha Beach in Normandy to really gi...
  • Damico
    In World war2 over 60 million people died during it, that was about 3% of the population of the year 1940. When wars happen you always want everyone to still be alive to matter what side you or they are on. Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry are friends that have entered the war and are about to witness views and things that most normal people would never dream about wanting to see. Would you rather be at the home front taking care of your family ...
  • Justdex_
    Invasion is Walter Dean Myers latest war novel. It begins on May 14, 1944 as American troops are preparing for the D-Day invasion of France, which they know will happen but they don't know when. It is narrated by the main character, Josiah "Woody" Wedgewood, who is with the 29th Infantry Division. During practice, Woody runs into an old friend from home, Marcus Perry, an African American soldier in the all black Transportation Corps.The story fol...