Study Guide

Sunrise Over Fallujah Characters

By Walter Dean Myers

Private Robin Perry ("Birdy")

Rambo. Joker. Cooler King. Big X. These are the kind of names we think of when we think "soldier...

Corporal Charlie Jones ("Jonesy")

There are a few deaths in literature and film that cut us deep. Beth March. Albus Dumbledore....

Corporal Marla Kennedy

Marla's pretty much the living embodiment of "don't judge a book by it's cover." Because Marla's...

Captain Miller

Like Madonna, Miller only goes by one name. She's technically Captain Miller—we never learn...

Captain Coles

Captain Coles is a boss in name, but not in attitude. There's nothing bossy about Captain Coles:...

Sergeant Robert Harris

Harris is…well, he's not Birdy's favorite. Sure, they're in the same unit, but Harris is...

Major Spring Sessions

You'd think a character with the name Spring would be really perky—and, in fact, she seems...

Jamil Sidiqi al-Tikrit

Literally the wise old man in the corner, Jamil often sits off to the side of the soldiers' tent,...

Phil Pendleton

The sad thing—well, one of the sad things—about Pendleton is that Birdy (and...

Soldiers with Birdy

There are plenty of other soldiers in and around Birdy's Civil Affairs unit that we don't get to...

Army Higher-Ups

Because Birdy's unit is a flex unit, they're passed around from officer to officer, each one...

Named Iraqis

Birdy's unit moves so quickly that they don't get to know many Iraqis by name. There are only a...