Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Monster by Walter Dean MyersMonster by Walter Dean Myers

Steve Harmon is 16, black and on trial for felony murder.  They say he was the lookout for a robbery that went bad.  The story is told in the unique format of small bits of Steve’s journal along with the story as told through a screenplay written by Harmon.  There are some flashbacks but the main text follows the courtroom.  My personal opinion… scripts are not meant to be read.  I have a BFA in Drama and a minor in English.  I have read a lot of scripts and they were created to be performed not read.  Now Monster was created to be read but I still feel like the same issues are still there and so it was like pulling teeth to me.  Don’t get me wrong it is a story that needs to be told but I would have preferred full journal or anything other than a script.

Printz Winner 2000

Coretta Scott King Author Honor 2000

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