I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

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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.




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About Markus Zusak

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Markus Zusak es un joven autor que vive en Sídney, Australia. Con su obra anterior, I Am the Messenger, ganó uno de los premios más prestigiosos que su país dedica a la literatura juvenil. La ladrona de libros, que se inspira en lo que sus padres vivieron en Alemania y Austria durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, ha sido un gran éxito en todos los países donde se ha publicado.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 370 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, Romance. Fiction

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In this winner of the Australian Children's Book Award for Older Readers, 19-year-old Ed Kennedy slouches through life driving a taxi, playing poker with his buddies, and hanging out with his personable dog, Doorman.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of I Am the Messenger

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Gray's reading accentuates Zusak's amusing tale with a series of comically elongated Aussie vowels for Ed's first-person narrative.

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Teen Ink

   I Am the Messenger is a brilliantly written novel, and winner of the 2003 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award as well as a Michael L.

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Suite 101

Published in the U.S as I Am the Messenger, The Messenger (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2002) is a worthy predecessor to Markus Zusak’s highly acclaimed novel, The Book Thief (Picador, 2003).

May 06 2009 | Read Full Review of I Am the Messenger

BookPage

Yet something about the card compels him, and he finally decides to go to the first address at the time indicated to see what will happen.In an effort to protect the surprising plot twists, we'll just say that Ed quickly realizes he has been chosen by someone to make a difference in people's live...

Oct 05 2015 | Read Full Review of I Am the Messenger

Common Sense Media

The book does contain some explicit content in the fact that the lead character's best friend and love interest is frequently engaging in sexual activity and it does show a negative approach to sex, so I wouldn't encourage parents to let their young children read it, only if you feel your childre...

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Common Sense Media

The book does contain some explicit content in the fact that the lead character's best friend and love interest is frequently engaging in sexual activity and it does show a negative approach to sex, so I wouldn't encourage parents to let their young children read it, only if you feel your childre...

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But this well-written book, the winner of the 2003 Australian Children's Book Award for Older Readers, has a sweet message: When the slacker protagonist begins helping others, he finds new meaning in life -- and his relationships with his friends and relatives change.

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Arlington Library

Read More Books Like This: I will mention that as this book is written by an Australian author and takes place in Australia, the language is more severe than you might be used to and references to drinking are throughout the book.

Dec 30 2011 | Read Full Review of I Am the Messenger

SBY Teens

Readers cannot help but be sucked into not only Ed’s far from ambitious lifestyle but also the mystery surrounding each message – asking readers to discover who or what is sending these messages and more importantly why such an underachiever is being asked to deliver them.

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