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Monster
Monster
Author: Walter Dean Myers
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.FADE IN: INTERIOR COURT. A guard sits at a desk behind Steve. Kathy O'Brien, Steve's lawyer, is a...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780064407311
ISBN-10: 0064407314
Publication Date: 5/1/2001
Pages: 288
Reading Level: Young Adult
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3.6 stars, based on 118 ratings
Publisher: Amistad
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 4
This book was touching, I cried and I laughed, and I was angry at times with the prosecutors. It seems as if you are there, watching it. I loved the format, as the boy writes the movie. A great piece of literature, if I do say so myself!
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Helpful Score: 3
My students enjoy this book. I teach low-level readers at the high school level. This is definitely a high-interest books and I have students coming in from other classes asking to borrow this book because their friend has recommended it to them.
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Helpful Score: 2
As a student of playwriting with a degree in broadcast media, I could really appreciate the style of this book. The author writes the entire book in script form - including camera angles, direction, scene set-up, etc. The one thing he does leave to your imagination is the answer to the real question of guilt or innocence. There is no wrapped up happy ending; no resolution to the hard questions. You draw your own conclusions..and then question them for the entire story. This is a unique story that could happen to you your son on any given day in any given city. I read it in one sitting. A fascinating read.
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Helpful Score: 1
a unique YA book written in the form of a screenplay. a great way to get today's kids into reading.
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This book is about a teen on trial for murder. It is written as if it could be a play or a movie.
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I had to read this book for a Children's Literature class. It wasn't totally my cup of tea. Books, movies, television shows, songs - these elements of media continue to tell the theme of young criminals, and I DON'T enjoy that. If this had not been assigned reading, I would never have looked at it.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is of a teenage boy who struggles with the concept of right and wrong and begins to realize that the line between the two is not quite so clear-cut. He also struggles with his own identity as he is exposed to the biases, assumptions, and judgments of those he interacts with. The book is humorous, highly entertaining, and a quick read but it also asks you to think about the same conflicts that the main character struggles with.

Just a heads up: it can be confusing at times as the format jumps from narrative to journal to movie script and there are flashbacks in the movie script.
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daughter liked the book was a summer read assignment. did not like the style of the writing though.


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