Monster

Monster

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This New York Times bestselling novel 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. Monster is a multi-award-winning, provocative coming-of-age story that was the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award recipient, an ALA Best Book, a Coretta Scott King Honor selection, and a National Book Award finalist. Monster is now a major motion picture called All Rise and starring Jennifer Hudson, Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Nas, and A$AP Rocky. The late Walter Dean Myers was a National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, who was known for his commitment to realistically depicting kids from his hometown of Harlem.
Publisher: [United States] : HarperCollins, 2009
ISBN: 9780061975028
0061975028
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
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NADINE KEELS
Jan 21, 2020

Count this as the only time I've ever read a novel written as a movie. That immediately got my attention when I picked up this YA book on an impulse.

But what I came to appreciate most about the story? It didn't turn out to be the oversimple tale it could have been. It may be easy to string together a bunch of clichés concerning a hot button topic, to insert them into a predictable plot, and then—BAM!—you've got a novel about a hot social "issue."

This novel isn't that. Yes, it relevantly takes a social climate into account, but it isn't merely using that to spin a drama together, nor is it just a ride or a race to figure out whodunit. Rather, this is a story of lost innocence. It's a story of reflection, of questions.

Haunting questions.

And it seems to me, the novel's value is in getting readers, especially (but not only) young adults, to reflect. To question. Perhaps to even form a habit of reflecting, of seriously thinking about what's important, before trouble demands it.

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wkalthoff
Jun 06, 2019

I did notcare for the book at all. felt that the font made it distracting.

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red_dog_16323
Nov 19, 2018

this book is about a young man that was put into prison for murder but it wasn't him it was his friends.his life is like a movie so many people watching. my opinion on this book is that he shouldn't be in prison for something his friends did but the people doesn't know that.

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marifmb1k
Nov 02, 2018

There is a guy named steve and he is on trial for murder but the only thing is he did not do it.
I felt good about the book like it can make the reader see the point of view of steve. as if they were him for instance in the book it stated through the bars at the rear of the van,. we see people going about the business of their lives in downtown new york. Also this is my first time reading a book from this author and i enjoyed it. Yes i have read books with similar themes such as the outsiders. I felt that this book is better because it describes the point of view. of a lot of the characters. I recommend this book because. It shows how because of the way u look or dressed u can be accused of something u did not do. I recommend this book to 8th graders. Young teens would enjoy this book. I would the age group of 13 years and older.

GCPL_Teen Jun 29, 2017

This coming-of-age novel is anything but ordinary. Steve's time awaiting trial will cause the reader to consider the role of the criminal justice system, as well as the effect of race on an offender's treatment and sentencing. Recommended for reluctant readers, graphic novel fans, and those seeking books with male or minority leads.

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madslife1215
Jun 18, 2017

can't wait to read this book:)

WCLSNorthForkLibrary Dec 31, 2015

A quick, but very thought-provoking read full of great discussion topics!
~Alexa

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YadanarMai
Nov 27, 2015

Hi, my name is Mai. This book is kinda of scary but I read it. The part I don't understand was the last part, "What did She".Can anybody help me with that?

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cascadianow
Apr 24, 2015

Stars: 3.5 4/24/15
By: Ethan Miedema
Monster is a great book for anyone looking for a quick and easy read, but also wants a slightly complex and morally challenging book. When reading Monster, one has to ask himself if they believe that Steve is innocent simply because he says he is, but yet he keeps calling himself a monster, making you think where does his heart actually lie? The book opens up by having an excerpt from Steve’s diary. This really draws the reader in, because he doesn’t immediately say what Steve is in prison for. It then transitions to a style that is not unlike you are reading what a movie script for Steve’s film class, which makes it easier to understand who’s saying what, but it also makes most of the book dialogue mixed in with Steve’s feelings in his diary pieces. Sometimes it makes it hard to understand what is going on because of how the camera is supposed to be facing which almost takes away the mental image you get to create and replaces it with exactly what Steve or Walter Dean Myers wants you to see. Overall, the story is nice and complex and fun to see how the characters unfold and how they are interconnected, and gives you a nice idea of how the court system works. I liked the book and would suggest it for anyone over the age of 12.

kellkell117 Aug 16, 2014

I have read this book at school when we were assigned to. It was really interesting and very mysterious. I would reccomend this book to junior highschool students and highschool students. When you are finished with this book you can even make a play out of it and continue this book. I would say as a 13 year old this book was really fun and sad at the same time.

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Ólive Jun 17, 2012

“No matter what...ball made my heart beat faster, made me want to jump up and down and be Superman. That's what life was about anyway, being Superman and living like life itself was important. Basketball made my life important.” am a monster monster a monster"

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 13, 2012

“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 who is the prosecutor called me. MONSTER.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 13, 2012

On the streets of the city
They have taken my Who-I-Am
As well as my What-I-Was
And now I am desperate for them both
Again”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 13, 2012

“No matter what...ball made my heart beat faster, made me want to jump up and down and be Superman. That's what life was about anyway, being Superman and living like life itself was important. Basketball made my life important.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 13, 2012

—Mr. Cephus”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 13, 2012

“People told me to give up trying to be special and settle down to a regular life. There ain't nothing wrong with a regular life, and that's the Lord's truth...But it wasn't for me, because I wanted to be something special...I knew how easy it was for a dream to die. I seen that all around me. You could let it die by just looking the other way—you know, some of those Asian people say they don't kill nothing, but they'll take a fish out of water and lay it on the ground and then say it just died on its own—you can do that with a dream, too. And sometimes you can get so frustrated, you feel so bad about your dream, that you go on and kill it yourself. When you do that, you're killing a piece of yourself, too."

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 13, 2012

“If you know you don't have a win, then there's no use for you being in the game.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 13, 2012

But now, like a fallen sparrow
On a golden chain,
I'm forever bound in shadow,
A prisoner to my pain.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 13, 2012

“the beast is the monster that destroys your dream”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 13, 2012

“If anyone could look into my head
See or feel the dread that has captured
Me or see within this sad, unhappy brain
They would only turn away
Turn away.”

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blue_dog_31717
Jul 25, 2017

blue_dog_31717 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

kellkell117 Aug 16, 2014

kellkell117 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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JihadiConservative
Jul 18, 2014

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

ShelsieDelgado Jul 10, 2013

ShelsieDelgado thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 25 and 12

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SGrambo
Apr 19, 2013

SGrambo thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

EuSei Oct 11, 2012

EuSei thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

15musicLover Aug 02, 2012

15musicLover thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Ólive Jun 17, 2012

Ólive thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

VeganGreen Aug 22, 2009

VeganGreen thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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ShelsieDelgado Jul 10, 2013

this about is a abotu a boy who was in a crime and needs to get out of jail cuz they say that the kid did it. But every one keep saying and thinking that he is a monster. They siad it soo many times to him, he even thinks he is a monster and his mom wont like look at him because of it. But the lawyer know he really did nothing wrong, and he says there are more people in the crime.Plus i remember that someone was died in his shop, and someone stoled cirrgares.

Ninja_Kevin Jun 17, 2012

Yes, I did like the book "Monster" by Walter D. Myers, a non-fiction book. There were a lot of good stuff that I like in this book specifically when the author chose to write it in a script instead of a chapter book and it also made it easier for a lot of readers; I think this because it specifically indicates which character says what by looking underneath the characters name. Another thing that I like about this book is the CU/POV/LS/MS and etc it looks like a movie script like what David had said and I totally agree with him. Yes, I also did like the structure of the text because it is clear and easy to read and the reader can tell which character is speaking, like I said above. The author wrote like a script so it is clear to read and it is very unlikely to get confused or lost.

Ólive Jun 17, 2012

Steve Harmon is a 16 year old [African American male] who lives in Harlem, New York and is forced into the situation which put him on trial for felony murder. He is accused of being involved in a robbery which led to the death of the owner of a drugstore. It is unclear whether or not he robbed the store or helped the “real” criminals in any way. He was suspected as acting as a lookout for James King, the other suspect accused in this case, but with no hard evidence to prove this true. However, because he was suspected of being involved in a robbery which led to the death of a store owner he was charged with felony murder, which is a sentence of 25 years to life in a federal prison.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 13, 2012

Steve Harmon is a 16 year old [African American male] who lives in Harlem, New York and is forced into the situation which put him on trial for felony murder. He is accused of being involved in a robbery which led to the death of the owner of a drugstore. It is unclear whether or not he robbed the store or helped the “real” criminals in any way. He was suspected as acting as a lookout for James King, the other suspect accused in this case, but with no hard evidence to prove this true. However, because he was suspected of being involved in a robbery which led to the death of a store owner he was charged with felony murder, which is a sentence of 25 years to life in a federal prison.

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JihadiConservative
Jul 18, 2014

Sexual Content: A 14-year-old boy testifies that he's gotten a girl pregnant.

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JihadiConservative
Jul 18, 2014

Violence: Although the book describes nothing directly, violence pervades the story. People are beaten up, and a man is shot. The main character is terrified that he'll be sent to prison. Rape of prison inmates is implied.

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JihadiConservative
Jul 18, 2014

Coarse Language: For all the book's realism, the profanity is infrequent and mild to moderate. Some characters use poor grammar.

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