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Monster Hardcover – Apr 8 1999


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Middle Grade (April 8 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060280778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060280772
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 16.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #450,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By 7C on March 31 2008
Format: Paperback
The book Monster by Walter Dean Myers was an amazing book on, how a young boy can make him spend the rest of his life in jail. Also the author put a lot of descriptive words to make the book better. (This book is based on a true story)

I like this book because it was easy to relate to. This was easy to relate to because this was based on a true story. You can relate to the charters by the mistakes you could of made in the pass. This book also makes you think about what you would go through in jail. They do that by showing what he was writing about in jail. In the book Steve Harmon went to jail for murder and in real life people go to jail all the time for murder.

So overall monster was an amazing book, because of the detail and expression used through out the book. Also the charters were easy to relate to. So at the end this book was an amazing book.

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The book "Monster" is written by Walter Dean Myers and is about an african-american boy called Steve, woh is on trialHe is accused of murder and robbery but nobody knows if he is guilty or not.It maybe a think of moraly guilt. In the court it makes a big suspense, because there were no real witnesses, so it is testimony against testimony.
Walter Dean Myers known from other famous books has with this book a new bestseller. He wrote this book in two different ways. On the one side you can read diary entries from Steve(his point of view) and on the other side it written like a filmskript. That makes the reader beeing both Jury and witness. It's not like other books. It has an open ending so it makes you thinking about the bokk an makey your an own opinion about Steve an the wohle trial.
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The book has a maincharacter whose name is Steve harmon and he is on trial because he is involved in a robbery in which a man named Mr Nesbitt died. But the problem of the story is if Steve Harmon is also guilty because he didn't kill Mr Nesbitt. James King and Richard Evans, named "Bobo" planned the robbery and they wanted Steve to give the signal if somebody went into the drugstore, where the robbery took place. Now Steve is accused of felony murder. He didn't directly kill someone, but he also didn't do anythink to stop the fight between Mr Nesbitt and James King and so he "helped" to kill someone. But it is also not directly proven that Steve was there or if he gave a signal and now the prosecutor Mrs Petrocelli wants Steve to go in jail, because in her eyes he's also guilty like the others.
In my opinion the book is in fact boring but in the end you can discuss the guilt of Steve and this makes it more interesting because the reader is also someiknd of a juror and so you have to decide on your own if Steve is guilty or innocent.
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By Yoyo Mama on April 16 2009
Format: Paperback
This book started off o.k. but I lost interest quickly. It is boring to say the least. The only reason it gets two stars - one for the message it sends teens that by simply being an accomplice to a crime could be very detrimental to their lives - two the author's bio at the end is more interesting than the book itself.
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Sixteen-year-old Steve is on trial for murder. But he's having trouble understanding why. "What did I do? I walked into a drugstore to look for some mints, and then I walked out. What was wrong with that? I didn't kill Mr. Nesbitt"(p. 140). Nothing is wrong with that, of course--unless the purpose of that casual trip was to give the "all clear" for a robbery that ended in the murder of the store's owner. Then, something is very wrong.

By structuring the book as a movie script being written by the character as he spends his days in prison, faces his jury, prepares with his lawyer, confronts his mother and father, and, most importantly, examines his own life, Myers presents Steve as a talented young man who may have made a single poor choice. However, Myers retains conflict necessary for building a compelling storyline by having Steve refuse to acknowledge his part in Mr. Nesbitt's death. The result is that the reader wants to sympathize with the teen, but cannot help but wonder, if Steve truly does not understand why what he did was wrong, what is going to keep him from going astray in the future? Maybe, as the prosecutor stated, Steve really is a monster.

Overall, MONSTER sends an excellent message to young adults: You, and only you, are responsible for the choices you make, and the consequences for those choices may ultimately affect not only the rest of your life, but the lives of the people around you--and maybe those you do not even know. Therefore, think about what you are doing, consider the consequences of your actions, and choose wisely.

Boston Globe--Horn Book Awards, Honor Book,1999

Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Young Adult Fiction, Finalist 1999

Coretta Scott King Awards, Honor Book, 2000

Edgar Allan Poe Awards, Nominee, Best Young Adult Novel, 2000

Michael L. Printz Award, Winner, 2000

Kentucky Bluegrass Award, Grades 9-12, Winner, 2002

Reviewed by: Mechele R. Dillard
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Steve Harmon is a 16-jears-old black Boy. He is on trail because he took part in a robbery where one man was killed...
The book doesn`t really say if he is guilty or not.
I think this book is quiet good. It makes you to think about Steve and his live in prison and bevor. The question weather he is guilty or not makes a lot of suspense...
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