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FADE IN: Welcome to the world of Steve Harmon. He's sixteen years old and on trial for murder. Did he serve as a lookout in a drugstore robbery in which the owner was killed? Or was he just in the wrong place at the wrong time?

To distance himself from the seriousness of his situation, Steve, a budding filmmaker, turns his story into a film --- starring, produced and directed by Steve himself. Interspersing day-to-day courtroom drama with entries from his journals, he effectively relates and explores the tension of the courtroom, the gut-wrenching terror of prison, the very real threat of being beaten and sexually assaulted, and the events that lead to his current predicament. Will Steve be acquitted? Is he the "monster" the prosecutor has portrayed him as? You be the judge.

Filled with ambiguity, this fast-paced nail-biter will have you at the edge of your seat unable to put it down. Perfect for teens and adults alike, MONSTER raises interesting questions about the path to crime and our judicial and prison systems.

Reviewed by Tammy L. Currier on April 21, 1999

by Walter Dean Myers

  • Publication Date: May 31, 1999
  • Hardcover: 281 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN-10: 0060280778
  • ISBN-13: 9780060280772