Thanks to ReadWriteThink’s “Calendar Activities” webpage, I discovered that today is the 73rd birthday of Walter Dean Myers. Author of many young adult titles, Myers is perhaps best known for Monster. A wildly popular title for young adults, Monster tells the story of 16 year old Steve accused of being the “lookout” for a convenience story robbery that ended in murder—who notes that his life feels like it should be a movie. True to form, the book is uniquely written in the form of a screenplay; the reader follows Steve as he goes on trial for a crime he may or may not have committed.
The unique nature of the book and highly engaging plot are among the reasons why this book has been so successful in the eyes of critics, teachers, and students alike. Countless young adults are connecting with this provocative coming of age story on a regular basis and its popularity doesn’t show signs of slowing. With this in mind, we would like to wish Walter Dean Myers, author of the Michael L. Printz award winning Monster, a very happy birthday.
Praise for Monster:
“Chilling and engrossing”—New York Times
“The sheer authenticity of the novel and its presentation are disquieting—and totally riveting.”—Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Committee
“A riveting courtroom drama that will leave a powerful, haunting impression on young minds.”—Publishers Weekly
In addtion, check out some useful teaching resources for Monster from WebEnglishTeacher
If you would like to consider Monster for one of your classes, please order an examination copy. If you've already decided to require this book, please request a desk copy.