Monster

Monster

Book - 1999
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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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : HarperCollins Publishers, c1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780064407311
0064407314
9780060280789
0060280786
9780060280772
0060280778
Branch Call Number: YA MYE
Characteristics: 281 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Myers, Christopher A. - Illustrator

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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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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:)

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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ariannadossa
Aug 13, 2014

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

bandblair Jul 28, 2014

Perfect for reluctant readers.

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JihadiConservative
Jul 18, 2014

Absolutely brilliant read! I loved it!

nlthoma Oct 03, 2013

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

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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

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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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

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

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