Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Sixteen-year-old Steve has been accused of aiding in a convenience store robbery that ended in murder. The prosecutor calls him a monster; his parents can barely look at him, and when they do, he can see their doubt. Every night is filled with cries of other inmates being beaten and abused by others, and Steve begins to spiral deeper into depression. To cope with the stress of being in jail and being on trial for murder, he composes a movie of his life during the traumatic period. Through the script and the interludes of Steve’s thoughts, the reader can decide: Was Steve involved in the crime, or was he in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Writing style. The majority of the book is written as a movie script, which is unusual in novels and gives a different viewpoint of the story.
Writing style. Because the book is written as a movie script, there are some terms and acronyms that were unfamiliar. A glossary would have been helpful.
2000 Printz winner (first winner of this award)