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By the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Book Thief, this is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love.

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He's pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

 

That's when the first ace arrives in the mail. That's when Ed becomes the messenger. Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until only one question remains: Who's behind Ed's mission?

 

This book is a 2005 Michael L. Printz Honor Book and recipient of five starred reviews.

Synopsis:

Meet Ed Kennedy—underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he’s hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when the first Ace arrives. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger. . . .

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?

Winner of the 2003 Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award in Australia, I Am the Messenger is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love.

Synopsis:

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. When Ed inadvertently stops a bank robbery, that's when he becomes the messenger. Winner of the 2003 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award in Australia.

About the Author

Markus Zusak is the author of Fighting Ruben Wolfe and Getting the Girl. He lives in Sydney, Australia, where he writes, occasionally works in a real job, and plays for a losing soccer team.

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Susan Scofield, January 28, 2010 (view all comments by Susan Scofield)
Nothing random. Makes me think "Five People You Meet in Heaven." Great read for teens and adults alike. Great ending and not what you were expecting!
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bethdalton, January 15, 2010 (view all comments by bethdalton)
Australian cabdriver, Ed Kennedy, is 19, living on his own without much of a plan for his future. He lives with his rank-smelling dog, The Doorman, and longs for a deeper relationship with his best friend, Audrey. After he stops a bank robbery he begins to receive anonymous messages in his mail box. He goes to the addresses given in the messages but once he has arrived he must determine what he must do to create positive change. As the book progresses, Ed begins to deal with his relationships with his friends and family. The book is about personal empowerment and personal connection without being silly or fluffy. This is great choice for book clubs. There is a bit of violence and sex. This is a good choice for older teens and adults who like a book with both dark and light moments, a fast-paced storyline, and great dialogue.
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crowyhead, August 29, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
After reading The Book Thief and loving it, I was curious about I Am the Messenger. It's not as brilliant as The Book Thief, but it's a good read nonetheless.

Ed Kennedy is 19 and basically isn't doing a whole lot with his life. He has an elderly, smelly dog named the Doorman, he drives a cab, and he gets together with his friends a few nights a week to play cards. He's in love with Audrey, his best friend, but can't tell her. This all begins to change when Ed foils a completely inept attempt at bank robbery. Soon afterward, he receives a playing card in the mail with three addresses written on it. At each address, there is a problem to be solved, an intervention to be made, and thus begin the strangest months of Ed's life.

The book could be a sappy one, and occasionally it strays into sentimental territory. However, Zusak's unflinching portrayal of life's petty brutalities, as well as his sure sense of the ways that friends (including friends that are dogs) interact with each other, keep this from being overly preachy. The ending takes an unexpected turn that might throw off some readers, but I rather liked it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375830990
Author:
Zusak, Markus
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Subject:
General
Subject:
Self-Esteem
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
Heroes
Subject:
Social Issues - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s Middle Readers-General
Subject:
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20050231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.54x5.90x1.26 in. 1.18 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 368 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780375830990 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Meet Ed Kennedy—underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he’s hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when the first Ace arrives. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger. . . .

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?

Winner of the 2003 Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award in Australia, I Am the Messenger is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love.

"Synopsis" by , Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. When Ed inadvertently stops a bank robbery, that's when he becomes the messenger. Winner of the 2003 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award in Australia.
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