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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 again and purloined the youngest s reader instead since he pretty much only used it for Minecraft and that is whack Months went by and then like magic my Kindle fell out from between the slats in the dining room chair where it had managed to wedge itself and remain incognito so long ago and I realized that if both Kindles were attached to my account I could force suggest a buddy read You see, the young one is not necessarily a fan of reading, but it does count for a pretty whopping portion of his ELA grade so he is obligated Last year he proved he was definitely not adopted when he hid in the john for 20 minutes every night like a shady little son of a gun and wasn t really reading at all This year I learned from my mistake and had him read a book I had already read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian if you re curious And guess what happened He still doesn t loooooooove to read and most assuredly stops when his 20 page requirement is over no matter how interesting he finds what s going on , but he doesn t moan and groan if presented contemporary realistic fiction He also likes a low page count and he prefers an unconventional style if we can find it And allllllllllllllllllllllllll of that ramble is what led us to Monster.Monster isThe incredible story of how one guy s life was turned around by a few events and how he might spend the rest of his life behind bars Told as it actually happenedThe main character is Steve Harmon, a 16 year old boy who is on trial for murder of a corner store owner in Harlem While only being accused of playing lookout for the men who actually committed the robbery ended up shooting the victim, a zero tolerance policy for violent crimes has Steve facing 25 to life just as if he were the one who pulled the trigger Before getting sent to jail to wait out his trial date, Steve s favorite hobby was making movies Therefore, Monster reads like a screenplay and the reader discovers thatMost people in our community are decent, hardworking citizens who pursue their own interests legally and without infringing on the rights of others But there are also monsters in our communities people who are willing to steal and to kill, people who disregard the rights of othersOver the course of 281 pages, you get to decide which category you think Steve belongs in.This was a winner for both the kidlet and myself A super fast read that easily held the interest of even the not so dedicated reader It also presented quite the resume for itself Michael L Printz Award 2000 , Coretta Scott King Award for Author Honor 2000 , Lincoln Award Nominee 2005 , National Book Award Finalist for Young People s Literature 1999 , Boston Globe Horn Book Award Honor for Fiction 1999 which leads me to my one gripe NOT about the book, but about middle school teaching philosophies beliefs whatever in general This book was ON A GIANT BULLETIN BOARD OF RECOMMENDED READS in the teacher s classroom when we went in for Spring Parent Teacher Conferences Like Ralphie s father in A Christmas Story, it won alllll the major awards My kid read it BASED ON THE TEACHER S SUGGESTION And yet it s not a story that is allowed to be discussed in class Why the eff not Seriously parents, these kids are 12 and 13 years old Steve Harmon was only 16 in this book when his entire life was potentially going to be snatched away from him Books like this show the privileged suburbanite a taste of what really goes on in the world Stop hiding them from your children and stop bitching at teachers that your special snowflake is too precious and delicate to know about the atrocities of modern day American and READ THEM WITH YOUR KID Then talk about it Then tell them about real life situations when you hear them on the news Make sure they know the consequences in order to see that they hopefully won t put themselves at the wrong place at the wrong time Don t stick your head in the sand for cripes sake If you have any other suggestions that fit the bill of realistic middle grade fiction, please share below My kid might not be super thankful, but I will be [[ READ DOWNLOAD ]] ☔ Monster ⇞ 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 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 keptin 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 struck me as most poignant, that for this pocket change an elaborate conspiracy was created and carried out Maybe after watching The Wire and reading Clockers the Game being played here seems absurd, like small reward for high risks, that give a stupidity or sheer desperation to the people involved Maybe it s the ease that the 5 0 make their case based on hearsay, without any kind of physical evidence that makes me feel a little too removed from the story, like this is something that wouldn t happen, but maybe that is just me having my only experiences with criminal trials come from TV Crime Procedurals Maybe it s the ease that everyone is rolling on everyone else, begging to rat out anyone that they can to get off on some crime that they committed that feels a little strange, like there would be no repercussions in this world for being an open snitch Again maybe Richard Price is distorting my view of what the world is really like out there Besides the absurdity of the crime, the other fascinating thing in this book is the unreliability of the story In at least three spots the truthfulness of what the main character is writing into his movie create tensions that could undermine the whole basis of his story They are just small things said or done in the story, but they bring into question if anything that happened according to the main character can be trusted at all. 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 muchdynamic 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 so only to reduce their sentences Is Steve guilty or he just happened to be in a wrong place at a wrong time If he is innocent, how can a Harlem black boy possibly distance himself from criminals who he is only acquainted with in the eyes of the jury If he is guilty, is his screenplay a way for him to convince himself of his innocence If he was in a fact a lookout, does it make him a murderer And does it even matter if he is guilty or innocent if in the eyes of people around him he is a MONSTER regardless of the outcome of the trial The ending of the book is vague, we all have to decide if Steven is a victim or a criminal I love that after reading some reviews, I see people have come to conclusions completely opposite to mine A great story to ponder on and discuss. 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, and through journal excerpts, it provides a model for multi genre presentation of reality And a nudge for students to investigate the juvenile justice system. 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 itappealing 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. 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 you be found not guilty but still be, in a sense, condemned for what you ve done personally, i think steve is guilty i think his screenplay attempts to distance himself from not only prison but from the crime itself he is on the outside looking in on himself and who he was is i don t think he ever intended anyone to get hurt, and that s why he desperately looks for some semblance of humanity in himself.i don t think there was any way, however, for walter dean myers to actually find him guilty in a court of law and still have the message work effectively it would have made the book about the crime, not the person, if that makes ANY sense at all of course, i should have probably considered the deeper implications of that artistic decision if steve can t even take responsibility for his decisions in his screenplay, and then gets away with murder, well, what the hell sort of message is that 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 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 definitely sets the tone. 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 some unanswered questions and even Steve isn t sure how he s supposed to view himself Monster is a thought provoking and powerful story that really looks at how the justice system is influenced by perceptions in a very accessible way that any reader can grasp. 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 or innocent.The ending didn t wrap everything up, which I think is the reason this book didn t get very good ratings When I first finished it, I too was frustrated with the ambiguous ending that left things a little too open.But theI thought about it, theI appreciated the ending Myers purposely left it open so the reader could decide what had happened on their own In a way, the reader is supposed to give Steve the verdict Guilty or not guilty This was a look at a boy s character who may have got caught up in a terrible crime I thought it was a great reflection on different kinds of people the criminals, lawyers, judges, and witnesses were all distinctly developed.I found it very interesting and a complex look at human beings actions.