Monster (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 320 pages
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This New York Times bestselling novel and National Book Award nominee from acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers tells the story of Steve Harmon, a teenage boy in juvenile detention and on trial. Presented as a screenplay of Steve's own imagination, and peppered with journal entries, the book shows how one single decision can change our whole lives.

Fade In: Interior: Early Morning In Cell Block D, Manhattan Detention Center.

Steve (Voice-Over)
Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I'll call it what the lady prosecutor called me ... Monster.

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Some students may enjoy this type of writing better. - LibraryThing
It was just such a quick ending. - LibraryThing
This book would be perfect for teaching visualization. - LibraryThing
The only insight into Steve that I had were is notes. - LibraryThing
Illustrations by Christopher Myers. - LibraryThing
Steve's reaction at the ending felt kind of forced. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - liveshipvivacia - LibraryThing

Gritty and at times difficult to read, Monster offers a unique look into the judicial system through the eyes of a sixteen year old charged as an accessory to felony murder. The book's display of it ... Read full review

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User Review  - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing

So I confess, I read this book because I encountered it on a list of book someone felt young people should not read (because of the references to violence and prison rape, apparently). As I'm a little ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Five-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Walter Dean Myers was the acclaimed author of a wide variety of nonfiction and fiction for young people. His nonfiction includes We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart; Now Is Your Time!: The African-American Struggle for Freedom; I've Seen the Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told; Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly; and Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam, a Jane Addams Children's Book Award winner. His illustrious list of young adult novels includes Darius & Twig; All the Right Stuff; Lockdown; Dope Sick; Autobiography of My Dead Brother; the New York Times bestseller Monster, which was the first winner of the Michael L. Printz Award; and many more. He was the 2012-2013 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree.

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