Monster! Monster?

Monster! Monster?

Walter Dean Myers / Dec 05, 2019

Monster Monster While on trial as an accomplice to a murder sixteen year old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the cou

  • Title: Monster! Monster?
  • Author: Walter Dean Myers
  • ISBN: 9783570250488
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Paperback
  • While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen year old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

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      • Walter Dean Myers

        pseudonyms Stacie WilliamsStacie JohnsonWalter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three He was brought up and went to public school there He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empire State College He has been writing full time since 1977.Walter Dean MyersWalter has been writing since childhood and publishing since 1969 when he won the Council on Interracial Books for Children contest which resulted in the publication of his first book for children, Where Does the Day Go , by Parent s Magazine Press Since then he has published over seventy books for children and young adults He has received many awards for his work in this field including the Coretta Scott King Award, five times Two of his books were awarded Newbery Honors He has been awarded the Margaret A Edwards Award and the Virginia Hamilton Award For one of his books, Monster, he has received the first Michael Printz Award for Young Adult literature awarded by the American Library Association Monster and Autobiography of My Dead Brother were selected as National Book Award Finalists.In addition to the publication of his books, Walter has contributed to educational and literary publications He has visited schools to speak to children, teachers, librarians, and parents For three years he led a writing workshop for children in a school in Jersey City, New Jersey.Walter Dean Myers was married, had three grown children and lived in Jersey City, New Jersey He died on July 1, 2014, following a brief illness He was 76 years old.


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    1. amended review, with spoilers:are all teen books written in eye-catching, typographically unconventional ways?? or is it just this one reading list?? i have nothing really to say about this book, except that for a sixteen-year-old boy in jail, it might benefit him to adopt less girly handwriting. kids, stay out of jail. don't associate with criminals. don't lie about your involvement because any close reader will notice, and you will be screwed. and, really, less girlyi have just returned from m [...]


    2. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/ “My 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 me.”You 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 [...]


    3. 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 [...]


    4. 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 more 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), ther [...]


    5. 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 more 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 [...]


    6. 3.5 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 pr [...]


    7. 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 o [...]


    8. "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." Actual rating 2.5Monster is a hard book to review. While reading it, I could definitely see the appeal and why so many people loved it as much as they did. It's well written, the format is fascinating, and the storyline is the opposite of dull. I can pra [...]



    9. “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 punishment.”Monster 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 [...]


    10. This book is AWESOME! I highly recommend this book to people who struggle getting through books. It is a quick read, but a necessary one!


    11. I will admit I thought this book was a non-fiction book when I first heard about it on Litsy. But than I heard it was a realistic fiction book, which I tend to stay away from realistic book. Because I just want to read about fiction worlds and step away from the real world issues in books from time too time. But I've been hearing great things about Monster on the Litsy app, that I was going to check it out from the library at first. But than when I was staying at my parents house recovery from m [...]


    12. I don't know what to believe about this story, I don't. I am still trying to figure out if it is a good or bad thing. This book is told through diary entries and as a screenplay by the main character. Yes, it is not the conventional way of doing things, but I thought it a beautiful way to tell the story, even though everything this man writes is gold. This helped, as questions relating to race, dehumanization, relative or subjective nature of the truth and identity began to rice within me (also, [...]


    13. 16-year old Steve Harmon is on trial as the lookout man in a Harlem convenience store robbery gone wrong, and the manager is killed with his own gun. The story is told in a unorthodox manner, switching between entries in Steve's diary and an imagined screenplay. Portrayed as a monster, the reader is left to determine his guilt or innocence as a number of troubled youth/criminals testify against Steve. His own worries and thoughts are intertwined as the court case comes to its conclusion.


    14. All the interesting elements within the book are rehashed in the lawyer's closing statements. In it, we're forced to go through every plot point in the book -- except that during these lawyer soliloquies all the events in the book have been condensed into a few sentences. That renders the entire book pointless. This alone could have been a successful short story if Myers had published just that section of the book. King be damned! Cut out the unnecessary; leave the essential! Have we learned any [...]


    15. The book has a unique format; it is written as a movie script. This format gives the reader more blatant clues about setting, and vocal cues (such as subdued, whispering, and showing anger) than would a traditionally formatted novel. There are also variations made in typeface and font that give other cues to the reader. I’m not entirely positive this was all necessary though. The plot is incredibly intense, and a first person narration might have been just as sufficient in telling this story. [...]


    16. Monster HarperCollins Publishers, 2001, 281 pp $8.99 Walter Dean Myers ISBN-13: 9780064407311 Did you ever wonder what happens after a person gets arrested? Well, I have always wondered what happen to the people that walk to a police precinct with handcuffs. What happen to the people that get sentenced to jail for life. Can a person come out and restore their lives again? How can people get back on their feet? Well, Steve Harmon did. Steve Harmon is a 16 year old African American boy, which is o [...]


    17. I give monster a rate of 5 stars because this book is such an amazing book. I love this book because of the mystery of it. It gives us clues of who murder Mr.Nesbitt. In this book a young man named Steve Harmon had been put in jail because he supposably killed a man that worked in a drug store. But there is a twist to this story because Steve is making documentary about his like in jail, he puts a lot of stuff like trial,when he is sleeping and much much more Steve was changed 25 years to life f [...]


    18. Meh. This book was okay.The format was really weird and kind of hard to follow, but the story was okay.Would I have picked up this book without being forced to? No. Was I forced to read this book by my English teacher? Yes.If you like books about trials over a murder crime then you'll like this book.If you like books that have a weird format, you'll also like this book. (Good luck trying to follow the story, though)If you like books that repeat the same thing over and over again until you basica [...]


    19. I loved this book, it was fast and easy to read. I loved the way how the book was written which was like a movie script and a journal. This was really interesting to me as this was the first book that I have ever read in this format. I highly recommend this book to someone who is looking for a quick book that they can rush through. As you can tell, I started this book on the bus, read 45 pages then continued when I got home. In total this book took me about 3 hrs to finish. Even though the book [...]


    20. Monster by Walter Dean Myers is a criminal book. I know many people have read this book. for those who haven't read it, it is about a young African American teenager who gets blamed for a crime. A lesson i learned from this book is "Never believe in anyone who seems to be loyal." this leeson means that in any case you really think a person is loyal and is a good friend to you, and who u trust, don't happen to have much trust in them because u know know what they're like until the endad:2008


    21. Okay so I have a lot to say about this one. I didn't really enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The format was really hard to get into and then on top of that I truly believe that the narrator was unreliable. There were things that he stated in his personal journal that didn't line up with his testimony which almost made me feel like something about the situation wasn't completely right. I just wanted more from the novel and I'm not sure if it was the authors intention to keep everything so v [...]


    22. Reviewed by Mechele R. Dillard for TeensReadTooSixteen-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 [...]


    23. General response/reaction: A great book. I love the way it was written in play form with side notes from Steve. It made the read easier and the dialog kept it interesting. The story line was great as well. I was nervous for Steve during the whole book.Subjects, Themes, and Big Ideas: Figuring yourself out, peer pressure, raceCharacters: Steve Harmon, Kathy O’brien, Sandra Petrocelli, James King, Bobo Evans, Osvaldo Cruz, Lorelle Henry, Mr. and Mrs. Harmon, Jerry, Jose Delgado, George Nipping, [...]



    24. A powerful take on systematic injustice that is accessible to young adults. It's more plot driven than character based, which frustrated me; I would like more development and complexity to characters other than Steve. A pretty predictable outcome, but moving journal entries from the narrator that prove trauma leaves a lasting impression on one's life.


    25. I had seen this book on many bookshelves in many schools, but I had never been picked it up. Once I started reading it, I knew it would become a part of my bookshelf. Monster is thought provoking, a very quick read, approachable, relatable and compassionate. My copy now has my name written on its spine. It's a novel that should be shared.


    26. I enjoyed the screenplay style of this book. It helped me visualize what was taking place in the courtroom. I also liked the overall plot and author's note at the start, but I wish the main character was further developed with some further insight to his intentions and decision making.


    27. This book had me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. I absolutely loved this book. The cover of the book had me liking it from the start. Monster is written like a movie script. this helps because it is less intimidating than most books that go in with more detail. Monster by Walter Dean Myers is truly a Mystery type of book. It is about a African American teenager who gets in trouble with the law. Steve Harmon is looking at Twenty-five years to life in Prison. Steve doesn't know w [...]


    28. My son liked this book, mostly because he liked reading it as movie script. It is a visual story and works well in this format. I liked it because it is a young readers' title with an unreliable narrator. Most youth books don't take this risk, and it gives the reader a little more trust and responsibility in figuring what is really going on. Still, the story seemed simplified, both to fit the movie script format and also possibly not to overwhelm the reader. This would be a good title for a youn [...]


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