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I Am the Messengerby Markus Zusak
Synopses & Reviews
protect the diamonds
survive the clubs
dig deep through the spades
feel the hearts
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?
A 2005 Michael L. Printz Honor Book and recipient of five starred reviews, I Am the Messenger is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love.
The dull and drab life of Ed, an underage cab driver with a coffee-addicted dog, takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally stops a bank robbery and finds himself being placed in charge of watching out for the entire town per a visit from the mysterious Ace. Reprint.
After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help, and he begins getting over his lifelong feeling of worthlessness.
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
Part one: The first message: The holdup — Sex should be like math: an introduction to my life — The ace of diamonds — The judge and the mirror — Watching, waiting, raping — Pieces — Harrison avenue — Being Jimmy — The barefoot girl — The shoebox — Another stupid human — Edgar street revisited — Murder at the cathedral — Part two: The stones of home: aftermath — The visit — The envelope — Just Ed — Cabs, the hooker, and Alice — The stones — The priest — Juveniles — The cops show up — The easy one and ice cream — The color of her lips — Blood and roses — The face of clubs — Part three: Trying times for Ed Kennedy: The game — Twenty dollars for the dog and the card — Dig — The benefits of lying — The power and the glory — A moment of beauty — A moment of truth — Clown Street. Chips. The Doorman. and me — The woman — Front-porch cyclone — A phone call — The Bell Street theater — The last reel
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