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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.

FADE IN: INTERIOR COURT. A guard sits at a desk behind Steve. Kathy O'Brien, Steve's lawyer, is all business as she talks to Steve.

O'BRIEN
Let me make sure you understand what's going on. Both you and this king character are on trial for felony murder. Felony Murder is as serious as it gets. . . . When you're in court, you sit there and pay attetion. You let the jury know that you think the case is a serious as they do. . . .

STEVE
You think we're going to win ?

O'BRIEN (seriously)
It probably depends on what you mean by "win."

Sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon is on trial for murder. A Harlem drugstore owner was shot and killed in his store, and the word is that Steve served as the lookout.

Guilty or innocent, Steve becomes a pawn in the hands of "the system," cluttered with cynical authority figures and unscrupulous inmates, who will turn in anyone to shorten their own sentences. For the first time, Steve is forced to think about who he is as he faces prison, where he may spend all the tomorrows of his life.

As a way of coping with the horrific events that entangle him, Steve, an amateur filmmaker, decides to transcribe his trial into a script, just like in the movies. He writes it all down, scene by scene, the story of how his whole life was turned around in an instant. But despite his efforts, reality is blurred and his vision obscured until he can no longer tell who he is or what is the truth. This compelling novel is Walter Dean Myers's writing at its best.

2000 Coretta Scott King Honor Book, 2000 Michael L. Printz Award, 1999 National Book Award Finalist, 01 Heartland Award for Excellence in YA Lit Finalist, 00-01 Tayshas High School Reading List, and 00-01 Black-Eyed Susan Award Masterlist

2000 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA), Hornbook Fanfare 2000, Michael L. Printz Award 2000, 2000 Coretta Scott King Award Author Honor Book, 2000 Quick Picks for Young Adults (Recomm. Books for Reluctant Young Readers), and 2000 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)

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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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About the Author

Walter Dean Myers is a New York Timesbestselling and critically acclaimed author who has garnered much respect and admiration for his fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for young people. Winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award, he is considered one of the preeminent writers for children. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his family.

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poohtigger72, October 20, 2008 (view all comments by poohtigger72)
Monster is an unforgettable, creatively written novel about a young man's struggle with his innocence. As you continue reading, you can almost picture yourself there between the pages of the book. You will find yourself wondering, are we truly 'innocent until proven guilty’? Do our minds choose to block out acts of unbelievable fate? If you love mystery and have struggled with your own conscience, I truly recommend this book.
Imagine your child at sixteen years of age on trial for murder, you want nothing more than to comfort him and pray for him. You ask yourself, “Could this really be happening to our family?” “This cannot be real, am I dreaming?” What would you do if your son was a loving and respectful young man who was on trial for homicide? I think the answer is crystal clear---you would continue to hold your dearest memories and the highest faith in his innocence close to your heart.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060280772
Author:
Myers, Christopher A.
Author:
Myers, Christopher A.
Author:
by Walter Dean Myers
Publisher:
Amistad
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Violence
Subject:
Law & Crime
Subject:
Social Situations - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Trials (Murder)
Subject:
Prisons
Subject:
Trials
Subject:
Self-perception
Subject:
Social Situations - Peer Pressure
Subject:
Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Social Issues - Violence
Subject:
Social Issues - Peer Pressure
Subject:
Situations / Peer Pressure
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Peer Pressure
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Amistad
Publication Date:
19990421
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.48x6.38x1.02 in. .80 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

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