Monster by Walter Dean Myers
(Coretta Scott King Honor Book)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 7 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

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

 

About Walter Dean Myers

See more books from this Author
Walter Dean Myers is the New York Times bestselling author of the first Michael L. Printz Award winner, Monster, and the current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He's been writing since he was a child, and he's now considered one of the preeminent authors for young people. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his family. You can visit him online at www.walterdeanmyers.net.
 
Published October 6, 2009 by HarperCollins. 281 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Monster

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

In a riveting novel from Myers (At Her Majesty’s Request, 1999, etc.), a teenager who dreams of being a filmmaker writes the story of his trial for felony murder in the form of a movie script, with journal entries after each day’s action.

| Read Full Review of Monster (Coretta Scott King H...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

In this riveting courtroom drama, Steve Harmon, a Harlem teenager involved in a murder, recounts his trial in the form of a movie script. The objectivity with which he records testimony and flashbacks

May 31 1999 | Read Full Review of Monster (Coretta Scott King H...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

"Myers bends the novel form for this riveting courtroom drama that explores the guilt or innocence of a teenage boy involved in a murder," wrote PW in a Best Books citation.

| Read Full Review of Monster (Coretta Scott King H...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

In this riveting courtroom drama, Steve Harmon, a Harlem teenager involved in a murder, recounts his trial in the form of a movie script. The objectivity with which he records testimony and flashbacks

May 31 1999 | Read Full Review of Monster (Coretta Scott King H...

Teen Reads

Interspersing day-to-day courtroom drama with entries from his journals, he effectively relates and explores the tension of the courtroom, the gut-wrenching terror of prison, the very real threat of being beaten and sexually assaulted, and the events that lead to his current predicament.

| Read Full Review of Monster (Coretta Scott King H...

BellaOnline

One of the most amazing books I have ever read is “Monster” a novel for teens by Walter Dean Myers.

| Read Full Review of Monster (Coretta Scott King H...

Mixed up in a heist that turned lethal, teenager Steve Harmon is on trial for murder and robbery. An amateur filmmaker, Steve imagines his ordeal as a movie starring himself a

Nov 15 2015 | Read Full Review of Monster (Coretta Scott King H...

Reader Rating for Monster
80%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 1162 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×