I Am the Messenger

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 357 pages
116 Reviews
Meet Ed Kennedy—underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he's hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That's when the first Ace arrives. That's when Ed becomes the messenger. . . .

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who's behind Ed's mission?

Winner of the 2003 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award in Australia, I Am the Messenger is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love.

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Interesting premise, moved along at a decent pace. - Goodreads
This book has "moments" of great writing. - Goodreads
The "twist" at the ending was good. - Goodreads
The writing was superb. - Goodreads
I don't think this book needed an ending at all. - Goodreads
But, the writing makes up for it. - Goodreads

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User Review  - steadfastreader - LibraryThing

So, I didn't love this book like a lot of people did. Maybe it's because I read The Book Thief first and loved it so much. Ed, the protagonist, irritated the poop out of me. I'm no one, I'm nothing ... Read full review

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User Review  - darcy36 - LibraryThing

I really liked it. It wasn't on the same level as The Book Thief, but was an interesting story. I would have given it a higher rating if the conclusion had been on the same par as the rest of the book ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

Markus Zusak is the author of Fighting Ruben Wolfe and Getting the Girl. He lives in Sydney, Australia, where he writes, occasionally works in a real job, and plays for a losing soccer team.

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