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I Am the Messenger
I Am the Messenger
Author: Markus Zusak
Meet Ed Kennedy—underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he’s hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when the first Ace ar...  more
ISBN-13: 9780375830990
ISBN-10: 0375830995
Publication Date: 2/8/2005
Pages: 368
Reading Level: Young Adult
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4.4 stars, based on 37 ratings
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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This is one of those books that surprisingly left me almost speechless. It is so much more than the synopsis leads one to believe. I am so blessed that this was required reading for a grad class for young adult literature or I never would have read it. Mr. Zusak's writing style is poetic in places: "Screams jump over the fence." "A murmuring crawls to the window . . ." It does have some obscene language, but somehow it seems necessary to the setting and voice. A couple of places left me feeling like I missed something, but the incredible message feels life-changing. It is very though-provoking and hard to put down. I highly recommend this book for ages 17 and up, and I will be recommending it to my book club because it could generate much good discussion.
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This book was pretty good. I loved how everything somehow connected and unlike many books, you don't exactly know what's going to happen next. It's a great read! Some language though (:

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great book. It had alot of humor and the story line always kept me guessing. Highly recommended.
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What a delightful, unique read! This young writer who began writing in high school wrote a wonderful original little tale. Imagine receiving five cards to stimulate you to help people as only you can. This is what happens to Ed. He helps many strangers. He helps his friends. And, the final person he helps is himself. There is a message in this book that each of us needs to discover again and again - life is what you make it. However, you must read the book for yourself to see how it all progresses and what happens in each case. Wonderful read for young and old alike.
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"I Am The Messenger" by Markus Zusak does not have the impact of the author's subsequent book, "The Book Thief" but it is a pretty powerful, nonetheless. Ed Kennedy is nineteen years old and has done nothing with his life. Then he finds himself in a bank that is being held-up. He performs an heroic act and his life begins to change...though not in the way that you'd think. This is a lovely book about "paying it forward" and random acts of kindness for kindnesses sake.