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Monster

Myers, Walter Dean (Book - 1999 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.
Authors: Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-
Title: Monster
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : HarperCollins Publishers, c1999
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 281 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Walter Dean Myers ; illustrations by Christopher Myers
Summary: While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.
Awards & Distinctions: Coretta Scott King Honor, author, 2000
Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2000
Additional Contributors: Myers, Christopher A.
ISBN: 0060280778
0060280786
0064407314
Branch Call Number: y MYERS
Subject Headings: Trials (Murder) Juvenile fiction Prisons Juvenile fiction Self-perception Juvenile fiction African Americans Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Trials (Murder)
Prisons
Self-perception
African Americans
LCCN: 98040958
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While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

"Monster" is what the prosecutor called 16-year-old Steve Harmon for his supposed role
in the fatal shooting of a convenience-store owner. But was Steve really the lookout who
gave the "all clear" to the murderer, or was he just in the wrong place at the wrong time?
In this... Read More »

It's so interesting, like it makes people want to read another copy, like a book 2. — James

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.


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Aug 16, 2014
  • kellkell117 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Monster is about 16 year-old Steve Harmon. Along with his recruiter, James King, Steve is on trial for the murder of late convenience store owner, Alguinoldo Nesbit. But Steve never hurt anybody. All he had to do was go into the store and signal to King if there were any policemen or citizens. King claimed he would pay Steve for helping. Throughout the rest of the book the reader learns about all the characters involved in the murder and if Steve will be headed for time in prison.
The book is written as a screenplay; as Steve aspired to be a filmmaker. Terms such “fade in”, “fade out” and “voice over” are frequently used throughout the novel. This writing style is uncommon and the reader will appreciate the change. Along with the book being written as a screenplay the reader also learns about the American judicial system which is not prominently recognized as a passion for many 13 to 17 year-olds.
Steve shows many emotions throughout the book such as anxiety, fear and sadness.
He is scared about the detention center being his home throughout the trial. Steve is anxious because if his attorney, Mrs. Obrien, does not win this case for him, he will be stuck in prison for more than just a few weeks. Also, it saddens Steve that he is unable to see his parents or his brother during his trial.
Walter Dean Myers has been recognized for many of his books, some of his awards and honours include two Newberry Honor Books, winning the Micheal L. Printz Award and being appointed for the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
I suggest Monster to anybody 13 and older.
-Arianna Dossa

Jul 28, 2014
  • bandblair rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Perfect for reluctant readers.

Jul 18, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely brilliant read! I loved it!

Oct 03, 2013
  • nlthoma rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is a must read, especially for teens. It shows what can happen when you associate with the wrong crowd.

Jul 10, 2013
  • ShelsieDelgado rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i think this book is petty good, and it made me wanting to read more, and my other class mates too. We really love the book, andits just so mysterisic or something.

Jul 18, 2012
  • Gushihahapro rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This very book was alright. The story and plot was well made. But it did get really repetitive making it boring at times.

Jul 02, 2012
  • Subhajitsaha95 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is really good. This book talks about things that happens even today. The book mainly deals with racial profiling.

Jun 21, 2012
  • PreciousS rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book is very good I read it with my classmates in Hyde and we all loved the book. It's a good book so you try it and see why he calls himself a monster.

Jun 17, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

i love this book cuz it is my favorite crime book , and i love steve harmon he is no a monster he is an innocent boy

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Aug 16, 2014
  • kellkell117 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

kellkell117 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Jul 18, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

red_crocodile_191 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Jul 10, 2013
  • ShelsieDelgado rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Apr 19, 2013
  • Elephony rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 11, 2012
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Aug 02, 2012
  • 15musicLover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 17, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 10, 2013
  • ShelsieDelgado rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 17, 2012
  • Ninja_Kevin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 17, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 13, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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Jul 18, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 18, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 18, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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Jun 17, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“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"

Jun 13, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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.”

Jun 13, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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”

Jun 13, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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.”

Jun 13, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

—Mr. Cephus”

Jun 13, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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."

Jun 13, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jun 13, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jun 13, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“the beast is the monster that destroys your dream”

Jun 13, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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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