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↠´ Monster ✓ Download by ê 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 MonsterFade In Interior Court A Guard Sits At A Desk Behind Steve Kathy O Brien, Steve S Lawyer, Is All Business As She Talks To SteveO BrienLet Me Make Sure You Understand What S Going On Both You And This King Character Are On Trial For Felony Murder Felony Murder Is As Serious As It Gets When You Re In Court, You Sit There And Pay Attetion You Let The Jury Know That You Think The Case Is A Serious As They Do SteveYou Think We Re Going To Win O Brien Seriously It Probably Depends On What You Mean By Win Sixteen Year Old Steve Harmon Is On Trial For Murder A Harlem Drugstore Owner Was Shot And Killed In His Store, And The Word Is That Steve Served As The LookoutGuilty Or Innocent, Steve Becomes A Pawn In The Hands Of The System, Cluttered With Cynical Authority Figures And Unscrupulous Inmates, Who Will Turn In Anyone To Shorten Their Own Sentences For The First Time, Steve Is Forced To Think About Who He Is As He Faces Prison, Where He May Spend All The Tomorrows Of His LifeAs A Way Of Coping With The Horrific Events That Entangle Him, Steve, An Amateur Filmmaker, Decides To Transcribe His Trial Into A Script, Just Like In The Movies He Writes It All Down, Scene By Scene, The Story Of How His Whole Life Was Turned Around In An Instant But Despite His Efforts, Reality Is Blurred And His Vision Obscured Until He Can No Longer Tell Who He Is Or What Is The Truth This Compelling Novel Is Walter Dean Myers S Writing At Its Best Walter Dean Myers RIP was one of the most prolific and successful children s and YA authors ever, but this book, that I have taught many times and is a staple especially in urban schools, may be his best known I read it again recently with a group of students reading books about growing up, and one of the students wanted to read it which we also read with Bad Boy, his memoir The story involves a black teenager who is indicted for being an accessory to a robbery and murder He s a very good student, attending one of Manhattan s premier high schools, interested in film A prosecutor lumps the all together Monsters Issues of race and representation and moral responsibility abound Just as in 12 Angry Men, this is a story young people like to debate And write from Largely told in screenplay fashion, from the boy s point of view, Nowhere in the book does the pointlessness of what has happened get mentioned The basic plot is that right before Christmas a drugstore on Malcolm X Boulevard gets robbed The owner pulls a gun, the gun gets turned on him and he dies The thieves steal the money in the register and a few cartons of cigarettes, that one of the robbers then sells on the street for five bucks a carton There are supposedly four people involved in this mastermind heist that I m guessing nets about 230 six cartons of smokes at 5 bucks a pop, and a register till usually only has about 200 bucks in it, I can t imagine that drugstore in pre gentrified 1990 s Harlem would have kept in it at anytime Split four ways this is about 57 dollars a person and change This is never mentioned in the book It s this pointlessness of the whole scheme that stru Monster is an interesting book in several ways.
First, it is written in the format of a movie screenplay interjected with the main character s a 16 year old African American boy Steve Harmon s diary like entries I thought I would not like this format, I do not read many plays, but it turned out to be quite the opposite the format made the story much dynamic Steve is on trial for murder he is accused of being a lookout during a robbery resulting in the death of the store owner , therefore the screenplay unfolds as an intense courtroom drama, where majority of the witnesses are criminals who were at some point cut a deal to testify against Steve and Steve s alleged partner and killer James King Second, the story raises a multitude of questions about guilt, peer pressure, racial stereotyping, and flaws of court system How can you possibly trust the testimonies of criminals, who do s here there be spoilers just sayin.
So, i lobbied to add this book to my curriculum for 10th grade low levels next year it s a quick read although i suspect much less so for them but it actually presents some very interesting ideas about identity, racism, guilt innocence, and justice the kids will all fixate on whether or not they think steve is guilty, which is sort of the crux of the action he s on trial, suspected of being a lookout for a botcohed robbery of a convenience store where one man was murdered because it s not made expressly clear, the reader essentially has to choose for themselves what they believe and it brings up the question of legal vs moral innocence i m thinking casey anthony would also work as a nice tie in here can This is my most recent reading of a book I ve already taught two or three times in ninth grade English classes This is a great book for people who don t necessarily enjoy reading The movie script format means the action moves quickly and may make it appealing to people who enjoy movies a lot Myers doesn t give too much away about the story either, which both builds suspense and leaves the reader with something to think about and to talk about The 16 year old protagonist who is on trial for allegedly participating in a robbery that ended in murder is realistic, sympathetic, and interesting.
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5 stars I chose this book for my Children s Book Challenge I have never heard of it before, but it has won several awards, including one of the Best books of the Year in 1999 and was a NYTimes bestseller This is the story of Steve Harmon, a 16 year old black male who is on trial for a botched robbery murder I listened to the audiobook in one sitting I was so riveted The flow of the novel was so different, bc Steve is telling the story himself as a movie, and it would appear the text is presented to the reader as a screenplay It s a short one 281 pages but it packs a lot of punchThe best time to cry is at night, when the lights are out and someone is being beaten up and screaming for helpThat is the very first line of the book, and it def 3.
5 StarsSometimes 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 Monster is a powerful story about perception and expectations And the audiobook is definitely the way to go with reading this book There s a full cast of narrators which really adds to the screenplay format of the story It s so easy to follow the story and we get a clear picture of the court setting and the uneasiness that Steve feels being there And the most wonderful part of the story is that we get to see the facts and evidence unfold along side the jury, so we become part of the story with them We take these character s fate into our hands and cast judgements I think it was fitting that everything wasn t wrapped up neatly, there are still Find all of my reviews atMy job is to make sure the law works for you as well as against you, and to make you a human being in the eyes of the jury Your job is to help meYou may recall several months ago a horrific tragedy befell my family I LOST MY KINDLE IN MY OWN HOUSE I did what any sane reader would do and immediately went into meltdown mode and demanded the okay to order a new one which was promptly given to me because I psychopath and even the hubs don t want to mess with me when I m having a B.
F After an hour or so I came to my senses well, as much as is possible and realized I should be placing the emphasis of the Kindle being lost IN MY OWN HOUSE I figured as soon as the new one arrived I d find the old and have to eat serious amounts of crow for eternity So I did another thing that s sure to win me my Mother Of The Year Award once They take away your shoelaces and your belt so you can t kill yourself no matter how bad it is I guess making you live is part of the punishmentMonster is a few different things Most noticeably, it s a page turner written in the unique form of a movie script But it also analyzes the main character and his choices of morality.
Sixteen year old Steve Harmon was convicted of being an accomplice in a murder and robbery Terrified he s going to end up in prison for life or get sentenced to death row, Steve tries to distract himself by keeping track of the events in jail as the case plays out.
This was a short, thought provoking read It was a powerful punch highlighting an African American boy s hard life, what it s like to experience prison, and what it means to be guilty

Stacie Williams