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HarperCollins, 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

Review: Monster (Monster #1)

User Review  - David Arbogast - Goodreads

This is a great multi-genre text (part teen journal, part screenplay written by the teen) dealing with themes of identity, criminal justice, and self-image. Steve Harmon is a 16 year-old African ... Read full review

Review: Monster (Monster #1)

User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

Gripping story from page 1...takes a while to understand and appreciate the writing style. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Walter Dean Myers was the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award; a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers received every single major award in the field of children's literature. He was the author of two Newbery Honor Books and six Coretta Scott King Awardees. He was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, a three-time National Book Award Finalist, as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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