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Monster

Monster

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by Walter Dean Myers
     
 

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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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061975028
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
38,243
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
File size:
730 KB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Walter Dean Myers was the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award; a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers received every single major award in the field of children's literature. He was the author of two Newbery Honor Books and six Coretta Scott King Awardees. He was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, a three-time National Book Award Finalist, as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Monster 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 549 reviews.
Lemurgirl More than 1 year ago
Monster by Walter Dean Myers is a fast - paced read, with a well developed plot. Steve Harmon is a black teen that is convicted of murder. But instead of sulking around in jail, he decides to write everything down that is happening in movie set - up. He also writes personal notes throughout the novel that help to progress the plot, and give added information to the reader. While reading Monster, you will feel as if you are right there with the characters through the good, and the bad times, for Myers did an excellent job of describing the setting, and the characters themselves. Contributing to this is the fact that the book is written in first person for all of the characters. Meaning that when different people speak, they use "I" and "me" and this is important because the reader can experience that characters thoughts and feelings for themselves. Myers also does a fabulous job of creating real, believable characters. Each character has a different personality, way of speaking, and way of acting. Also, the way each character speaks reflects their background. For example, when Bobo is being questioned, he uses improper grammar and says, "Me and King planned out a getover and we done it." (Myers p. 177). Finally, the problem is resolved in the story. But of course, I cannot tell you the resolution; you must read Monster by Walter Dean Myers for yourself and experience the thrill of it all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book in school and I love it and we are only to page 43! I love it and everyone should read it.
Manigirl114 More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing.I would recommend it to everyone.This book shows a lot of strength.When you read you realize that things in this bok are all around you everyday.
PolkyBook More than 1 year ago
Monster is a on the edge of your seat fiction story, written by Walter Dean Myers. Monster is a very hard book to read. You really have to focus on what is going on, because the dialogue is exactly like a court room and make sure you know what's going on. The story setting is in a courtroom and in his cell. The major conflict is very hard to handle. Steve Harmon his nickname in the courtroom people call him Monster! Well Steve is on trial for murder. While in the courtroom he is writing a screenplay for everything that goes on. Steve has to deal with people thinking he is a murderer. He sits in the courtroom listening to people who did commit crimes lie. They are just trying to save themselves from jail by convincing the jury Steve is guilty. He knows he did not murder anyone. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some people did get up and say he was a nice, helpful young man. That helped the jury think about everything they heard in the case. The author put so much detail in this book it was like watching a movie. It's written as a screenplay and sometimes Steve adds little journal notes. When you read this book it's like watching law and order if you have ever seen it. It' intense and sometimes makes you cry. This book was amazing, but you have to be ready to read hardcore lines. If you are young I would not recommend it for you. Teens would be able to enjoy this and understand what is going on. This an amazing book and I hope a persuaded you to read it!
Soliman More than 1 year ago
Monster starts of as a notebook/journal reading that reveals that the rest of the book will be the recording of Steve Harmon's (our main charater) trial in a mixture of journal entries and screenplay form. This mixture proves to be successful throughout the book because you can see what's going on in the trial in the screenplay format (written by the main character himself), then see how he feels about it through his entries. Walter Dean Myers always tries to reach out to young adults and does it succesfully through all his writings because of the realism of it all and most importantly who young adults truly feel in these situations. In Monster, you realize how scarred and alone an adolesent feels in a situation where he can spend the rest of his life in jail. Myers is wonderful human being for trying to warn our children about the choices they make, and not only warns them, but shows them often the consequences and fears that may come with them.
CoxJ More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy named steve. Steve is 16 and is on trial for felony murder. He is not giving in, he knows he didn't do it. Steve has to wait in jail during his long trial until he gets a verdict. This whole time he is writing a movie about his experience. I liked the format of this book and i liked how he was writing a movie of his experience. This book does a good job explaining the court system and how it works. I would recommend this book to lovers of the court system, people who like crime books, and young adults everywhere
bballbabee97 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a matter of three days. I couldnt stop reading it once i got started! Even though it is chllenging at times, once you reread tricky parts it all comes together. I thought the book was great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Between all the plot spoilers, many of which told the ending, and the kids here playing kitty kat games its hard to get a simple review. Please bn. Put a stop to these ppl who reveal the entire plot line in their so called reviews and these blamed kids using the book review site as a xhat room and a role playing site. There are othere places for these kids to go play.
Karen12 More than 1 year ago
Monster is a book that is about a 16 year old named Steve Harmon who is in jail because of a murder that took place at a drug store. He was the outsider who was watching as two others were robbing the store and killed the owner when the owner got out his gun. They then stole cigarettes and cash and took off. Other people got involved in the crime by witnessing it and getting cigarettes from the alleged killers. Steve on the other hand, only stood outside on lookout after scoping the store out at the beginning.
The story is created by Steve himself writing a journal of his awful experiences in the jail and then creating a movie script about the whole case and his life as he knows it. He begins to take movies of himself in order to find himself.
The neat thing about this book though is that the reader gets all of the evidence provided to him/her so the decision of innocence is left in the reader's hands. It is very well written to allow the reader to step back and examine what morally is the right or wrong verdict in this case. Should he or shouldn't he be put in jail? The ending does have a set decision but it is all up to the reader to decide which is what Steve is trying to prove by creating a movie about it.
Destiny_Flores More than 1 year ago
Taking you inside the life of a juvenile, Steve Harmon makes a script out of his experiences in jail. Falsely accused of murder, he struggles to get out of juvi. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read, especially troubled teens. I really loved this book, it combines a script and a real life experience! Definitely one of my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVER
barbara gilbert More than 1 year ago
     The book “Monster” by Walter Dean Myers is in my opinion is an exciting story which keeps you on Monster the edge of your seat. I highly recommend this book because it is about a young man trying to find himself.  The book tells the story of a young black man named Steve Harmon who is charged with murder. He is only 16 years old. There was a drugstore robbery in which the owner was killed. The police place him at the scene and have evidence against him. The evidence isn’t very concrete because the witnesses do not seem reliable. The others involved were Bobo Evans, James King and Osualdo Cruz.       The story is told by Steve himself. The author makes it more interesting by writing it in two different ways. The first part of the book is Steve’s notes that he writes in a notebook he keeps in his prison cell. His note taking is what keeps him strong in the face of all he is going through. It helps him to keep his thoughts together .The second part of the book is written like a film because the character Steve is a filmmaker. He takes his notebook to the courthouse everyday and jots down his emotions and thoughts about his parents, his lawyer, the peer pressure he experienced, and the violence all around him that is always threatening him. He doesn’t know how his parents feel about him or if his lawyer really cares about him and is capable of helping him. He has doubts about her. Kathy O’Brien is his lawyer and she doesn’t think he has much of a chance to win in court. She states that she wants to make Steve look like a human in the eyes of the jury as opposed to a “Monster.”      The story goes back and forth between what is happening in court and Steve’s flashbacks of the crime scene and of his life before he was in prison.  The last part of the novel is written like a movie with camera directions and character names just like you are reading a script. Steve is seen as a “Monster” who helped in the murder of this innocent business man. The climax of the story is waiting for the verdict to come in. It makes the reader think about how fair our courts really are. This story shows that sometimes you have no control over your fate and whether you are guilty or not a jury can decide your fate. The jurys perception of you can mean your life or death. The reader never really finds out if Steve actually was guilty. The reader can decide for himself if Steve is truly a “Monster” or not.       “Monster” is a thrilling book that makes you think about many things in our society such as peer pressure, the pathway to crime and our court system. It leaves you in suspense at the end because you never know if the character is guilty or innocent. It is also interesting because of the two ways in which it 
reliever More than 1 year ago
     The book “Monster” by Walter Dean Myers is in my opinion is an exciting story which keeps you on the edge of your seat. I highly recommend this book because it is about a young man trying to find himself.  The book tells the story of a young black man named Steve Harmon who is charged with murder. He is only 16 years old. There was a drugstore robbery in which the owner was killed. The police place him at the scene and have evidence against him. The evidence isn’t very concrete because the witnesses do not seem reliable. The others involved were Bobo Evans, James King and Osualdo Cruz.       The story is told by Steve himself. The author makes it more interesting by writing it in two different ways. The first part of the book is Steve’s notes that he writes in a notebook he keeps in his prison cell. His note taking is what keeps him strong in the face of all he is going through. It helps him to keep his thoughts together .The second part of the book is written like a film because the character Steve is a filmmaker. He takes his notebook to the courthouse everyday and jots down his emotions and thoughts about his parents, his lawyer, the peer pressure he experienced, and the violence all around him that is always threatening him. He doesn’t know how his parents feel about him or if his lawyer really cares about him and is capable of helping him. He has doubts about her. Kathy O’Brien is his lawyer and she doesn’t think he has much of a chance to win in court. She states that she wants to make Steve look like a human in the eyes of the jury as opposed to a “Monster.”      The story goes back and forth between what is happening in court and Steve’s flashbacks of the crime scene and of his life before he was in prison.  The last part of the novel is written like a movie with camera directions and character names just like you are reading a script. Steve is seen as a “Monster” who helped in the murder of this innocent business man. The climax of the story is waiting for the verdict to come in. It makes the reader think about how fair our courts really are. This story shows that sometimes you have no control over your fate and whether you are guilty or not a jury can decide your fate. The jurys perception of you can mean your life or death. The reader never really finds out if Steve actually was guilty. The reader can decide for himself if Steve is truly a “Monster” or not.       “Monster” is a thrilling book that makes you think about many things in our society such as peer pressure, the pathway to crime and our court system. It leaves you in suspense at the end because you never know if the character is guilty or innocent. It is also interesting because of the two ways in which it is written: Through notes and through a film.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!!!!! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a were good book. It has a very suprisingending . Sooooooooooooo cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good kind of confusing because of the way its written but I love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my all time favorite books!
Elke Coronado More than 1 year ago
It tells an amazing story and shows you watt its like in jail
Christina-Burns87 More than 1 year ago
A sixteen year old boy named Steve Harmon finds himself on trial for murder after he is accused as acting as a lookout for the young men who actually commit a robbery at a Harlem drugstore and kill the store owner. The story is presented mainly from his own viewpoint in the form of a screenplay and journal entries he writes, as he faces the trial and possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison. When I was reading this book, I realized that the entire novel is written from Steve's point of view. He attempts to bring in other people's points of view by changing the camera position in the screenplay, but this is still what Steve imagines what the other points of view might be. There are some scenes in this book that I think would be best for an old group of students such as eighth graders. This book is always an easy read for students, but the content depth is great for starting serious discussions.
Mary_Kate_Shannon More than 1 year ago
Monster is a great book. This we can already tell through the many awards it has received, including the Coretta scot king award. The book is about a young, black man being trialed for partaking in a murder during a robbery. The boy is going through amazing stress and eventually getting to the point where he doesn't even know if he can believe himself in that he is guilty. It is a great book about finding yourself, and believing in yourself. Another great thing about the story is that you are solving the case along with all of the other characters in the book. The author doesn't immediately tell you what is going on or who is guilty. You have to find out for yourself. The catchy part is that there is hardly any evidence; you have to pick and choose who to believe or if to believe anything at all. In doing this, you are going through some of the same struggles as the main character, Steve; you have to put trust and faith into yourself and others. Mr. Myers does all of this, while wrapping it up into a new exciting style. The book is written as a movie. This was at first hard to get used to, but I find myself now realizing that it was great way to put a person into the book. Because when the book is written as a movie, you can really see it and watch it. Also, I found myself having to read the book aloud and act out the scenes to understand everything, which puts me right smack in the middle of every characters mind.
Abishakur More than 1 year ago
The monster is the stories of the miserable life and also Steve Harmon is 16 years old and he had serious problem about is he guilt or Nat. So isn't only stave Harman is also James king is also have some problem stave does for Mr. nestin murdered and stave and king they are in the drag store when Nestin died so Kathy O'Brien and Sandra peterocelli is think to find out what happened and they asked question for Osvaldo, James king, Steve Bobo, and Henry about what happened I the drag store and those all characterizes tell most important information about what they sow in the drag store. I think this book is my most favorite book I ever read. because this book talked about what happened to you if you join gunges group so after when I read this book I get a lot idea I didn't know before like how bad is if you join bad people and killed someone didn't make mastic and how can I defense or how can I keep away gunges group because I understand how bad they are. I like to show this book my best friend because if he read this book he will Understand how can he keep out if he sow gunges people and to carful join gangs and is not only those thinks he also Understand and get if he killed someone ales. his home is going to* be jail and he will spend rest his life jail.
idil More than 1 year ago
Steve Harmon's is black. He's on trait for murder, and he's 16 years old. Steve lived with his family. Steve went to high school. He a movie for school, the film be the story .It was the22nd of December Mr. Nesbitt was killer. Steve's lawyer O'Brien is getting ready for the to begin. Steve entered the jail .The lawyer was doubt for Steve. King was in the drugstore for robbery of the owner. Mr.Neibitt. The judge is trying to find out more details about this case. I recommendation this books for teenagers. Being a young adult is always a traumatic age for kids. I recommendation this books for kids. Because when young people enter the jail, it will changes their live .I think this books is important for teenagers .I think the book was more interesting for boys. I like this book, because the books is important to people who read the books .I think they lawyer's case took a long time. Jobs proven. They lawyer seem the and the judge thought it was extremely good. Every time you needed the lawyer he is there. if you save every body . The isn't easy. If you give better results. They lawyer is active .the people in the matter, which you were informed during jury selection is case of felony in murder.
ikranney More than 1 year ago
In the book Monster there was a boy named Steve. He was in jail because he was accused of murdering a man named Mr. Nesbitt. Mr. Nesbitt was the owned of a drugstore. Steve, King, and Bobo were friends. They were all in the jail but Steve didn't want to be in a jail. When Steve was in jail he saw many bad men and they were old too. King was the one who kill Mr. Nesbitt and Steve was the one who gave the sign that there weren't any police in the drugstore. Bobo came to the courtroom and told the lawyer and the judge King killed Mr. Nesbitt because he wanted to get out of the jail. O`Brien was Steve's lawyer in the courtroom and she wanted to show the another lawyer that Steve wasn't guilty. In my opinion, I like this book Monster. I like it because it's a good story and I enjoyed it when I was reading. The book Monster gives information about boys who are in gang groups. The book Monster is sad and happy. I hope everyone who reads this book will enjoy it. I want to tell the author who wrote this book it is a good story. I recommend this book to young people and teenagers who in gang groups. If they read this book they will know how it feels to be in jail or to kill a person. They will stop doing bad things or using drugs. I hope parent will help their kids to not do bad things. I want to tell the young teenage boys to read this book
gagreat More than 1 year ago
I think that the book is spectacular because the book is about a boy that has problems because he is accused of committing a murder, which is a serious crime. It's a cool book to read and it's easy to understand. I think the book is interesting to read for every body. This book is called Monster and it's about a boy by the name of Steve Harmon that is 16 years old. He was arrested, and was accused of murder, and of the robbery of a store. He could be locked up for 18 years but he doesn't give up. He knew the other boys that actually committed the crime I recommend that students read this because some students are involved in some similar stuff so students can now know what consequences they get when you are involved in gangs. Then I recommend to Latino students, and their parents to read this book if they know that their children are involved in gangs so they can help their student to get out of gang, and to not be involved in gangs. The book also is interesting for gang members to read because it shows them what consequences their actions will have.