This New York Times
bestselling novel and National Book Award nominee from acclaimed author Walter
Dean Myers tells the story of Steve Harmon, a teenage boy in juvenile detention
and on trial. Presented as a screenplay of Steve’s own imagination, and
peppered with journal entries, the book shows how one single decision can
change our whole lives.
Fade in: Interior:
early morning in cell block D, Manhattan Detention Center.
Steve (voice-over): Sometimes
I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own
movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this
experience. I’ll call it what the lady prosecutor called me ... Monster.
As a way of coping with the horrific events that entangle
him, Steve, an amateur filmmaker, decides to transcribe his trial into a
script, just like in the movies. He writes it all down, scene by scene, the
story of how his whole life was turned around in an instant. But despite his
efforts, reality is blurred and his vision obscured until he can no longer tell
who he is or what is the truth. This compelling novel is Walter Dean Myers’s
writing at its best. Download and start listening now!