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Monster by Walter Dean Myers
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Jun 30, 08

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Read in July, 2008

I'm terrified - I get to teach this book on Wednesday. I like the YA quickness of it, the honest voice, and the post-modern way it's subjective. We never get an objective shot of what actually happened on the day the main character was accused of being involved in a murder. The use of screenplay and film jargon and stylized personal journal was interesting and not too gimmicky.

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Amanda It will be exciting to teach the book! The more I think about the book, the more I like it and recognize it's larger social messages as incredibly important. Yes, the style was innovative and the fact that we never know the "truth" is a really important part of the message that in our society, truth is in bureaucracy and whether other people believe in you. I think I might change my rating!

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Jerjonji I need to borrow this! I keep meaning to read it but it never makes it into my hand when I go shopping!

Emily I think I got it from the library, actually. I'm told that Walter Dean Myers is one of the hottest, best writers of his mini-genre... that is books about urban young men. And that's important.

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Patti I picked up this book during my last stint at the book fair! The style intrigued me (and the reason for the style - he views his life like a movie)! Cool!

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