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Monster (Coretta Scott King Honor Book) Hardcover – April 21, 1999
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Myers, known for the inner-city classic Motown and Didi (first published in 1984), proves with Monster that he has kept up with both the struggles and the lingo of today's teens. Steve is an adolescent caught up in the violent circumstances of an adult world--a situation most teens can relate to on some level. Readers will no doubt be attracted to the novel's handwriting-style typeface, emphasis on dialogue, and fast-paced courtroom action. By weaving together Steve's journal entries and his script, Myers has given the first-person voice a new twist and added yet another worthy volume to his already admirable body of work. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert
From School Library Journal
Edward Sullivan, New York Public Library
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
"The best time to cry is at night, when the lights are out and someone is screaming for help".
So writes Steve Harmon, the sixteen year-old accused felon and hero of this story. Myers adeptly creates a new form of fiction in this Printz winner of a book. Finding jail too painful to endure, Steve recounts his life and court appearances by styling his journal in the form of a movie. The title of this movie "Monster" refers to a statement made by the leading prosecutor about Steve, the defendant. Falsely accused of aiding and abetting a robbery and consequent murder of a local drugstore and its manager, Steve recounts his current status, his past hopes and dreams, and the pain he must endure day to day. Kids reading this book might have some difficulty grasping exactly how this book's protagonist is connected to the murder. Certainly there isn't a detailed description of the extent to which Steve was connected to the killers in the neighborhood. But Myers gives his readers a lot of credit, believing they'll figure out what's going on, on their own. Steve's experiences in jail are a pared down version of the t.v. show "Oz". There are several references to sexual assault, in addition to violence and some mild language. I wouldn't be handing this book to your five-year-old but for any kid that's curious about jail or being "tough", this book can do you no wrong.
I truly believe anyone who picks up this book will also ask themselves the same question WHO AM I? I know I did.
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This book was great! I teach 5th and 6th grade and several of my students recomended it to me. I read it this summer and I have to say I agree with them it is very good. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Leslie Rondeau
This book was absolutely amazing. This book being written as a screenplay, allows for a completely different point of view. It was written beautifully. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Kindle Customer
Very easy quick read! This book is a criminal lawsuit story about a 16 year olds experience with jail and trialPublished 23 days ago by Kaleigh Ann Babin
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I work at a high school and heard about this book from my sister who teaches in an elementary school. From start to finish the book kept me intrigued. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dshare43
A bit offensive, not really recommend for younger audiences. Why are these types of books directed to young readers, please exercise some discretion!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome book. My 15 nephew hates to read and read it in a day.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer