Monster by Walter Dean MyersMonster by Walter Dean Myers


byWalter Dean Myers

Paperback | December 14, 2004

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This New York Times bestselling novel 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.

Monster is a multi-award-winning, provocative coming-of-age story that was the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award recipient, an ALA Best Book, a Coretta Scott King Honor selection, and a National Book Award finalist. In 2016, Monster was turned into a film starring Jennifer Hudson, Kelvin Harrison, Jr., and A$AP Rocky.

The late Walter Dean Myers was a National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, who was known for his commitment to realistically depicting kids from his hometown of Harlem.


Walter Dean Myers was theNew York Timesbestselling author ofMonster, 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 Bo...
Title:MonsterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.88 inPublished:December 14, 2004Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064407314

ISBN - 13:9780064407311

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Monster A quick yet impactful look at a boy on trial for the part he may or may not have played in a robbery/homicide, highly recommend this on audio. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An interesting novel I loved that it was made to be like a screenplay and the story is very meaningful and thought-provoking.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A meaningful read, but not something I'd go back to I would definitely recommend reading Monster once. The format is unique, with the protagonist rewriting his experience as a movie, and it deals with issues of race and class and stays tense throughout with the courtroom drama. Ultimately, though, one of its strengths is also a big weakness; we're not actually sure if Steve participated in the crime he's on trial for, and while that ambiguity is great for making a reader think about it from every angle, it's not so great for bringing us closer to the protagonist--so the only character we really get to know, we don't really know. The level of emotional distance that creates makes this not an old friend of a book, but it is a great thinkpiece.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good I read this with my class, and my teacher kept on making it suspenseful and I loved it I will surely read it again probably
Date published: 2013-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like nothing I've read before I really enjoyed reading Monster. The way it was written was so unique and different, I found I couldn't put the book down. I saw what it was like through many different peoples eyes, and loved the struggle between the lead, his family, and everyone in the court room. Monster was a very good book, and, months after reading it, I still think about it, and i still havn't decided whether I think he's guilty or not.
Date published: 2012-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful read for teen boys. This is an older book but it just came across my radar and I'm glad it did. Steve is in jail - he is going on trial for felony murder. He is accused of being involved in a drugstore robbery where the owner was shot and killed. He supposedly checked out the store first to see if any cops were inside. He can't handle prison or the trial and is freaking out so he decides to treat it like a movie - writing the script and blocking out the scenes just like he does in film class. He just wishes it was only the movie. THe book takes us through the trial. Because of the format it is a quick read, easy for reluctant readers. There is a little bit of language describing some of the rougher facts of life of a prison but remarkably little and it shouldn't be enough to put parents off this book. It is really powerful. When the book ends we don't really know who was telling the truth and who wasn't. It was up for a lot of different awards and definitely should find a new audience today.
Date published: 2008-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Monster by Walter Dean Myers The book was excellent. It was well written and had great court room scenes. The way it was written was easy to understand and made the book much more interesting.
Date published: 2003-01-04

Editorial Reviews

“Myers grapples with complex moral questions that will definitely make readers stop and think. (Booklist, Editors' Choice 1999)