Sunday, October 23, 2011


Myers, Walter Dean. Monster. New York: HarperTempest, 1999.

Annotation: Charged with murder Steve Harmon’s trial and fears play out like a movie, ending in his verdict.  

Book Talk:
 Is this real life or a movie? Steve Harmon a regular teenager who liked making films in school finds himself on trial for murder. Trying to grasp how he ended up behind bars he imagines the courtroom proceedings as though he is watching a movie. With close ups, voice overs, and flashbacks we see life through Steve’s eyes. Read like a screenplay with occasional diary entries Steve’s fight for freedom unfolds.

Reading through the scenes in this life turned movie you feel the fear and anguish of a young man trying to define his role in the death of a store clerk. When the rest of his life depends on the decision of the jury the question persist, Is this real life or a movie?

2000 ALA Best Books for Young Adults
2000 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Literature for Young Adults
1999 New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

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