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By Walter Dean Myers

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.


"Chilling and engrossing"
-The New York Times Book Review

"The sheer authenticity of the novel and its presentation are disquieting - and totally riveting"
-Boston Globe -Horn Book

"A riveting courtroom drama that will leave a powerful, haunting impression on young minds."
-Publishers Weekly


  • 2000 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Literature for Young Adults
  • 1999 National Book Award finalist
  • 2000 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
  • 2000 Edgar Allan Poe Award nominee, Best Young Adult
  • 1999 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book
  • 2000 L.A. Times Book Award nominee
  • 2000 ALA Best Books for Young Adults
  • 2000 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • 1999 New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
  • 1999 Notable Children's Book, The New York Times
  • 2000-2001 Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award nominee in high school category
  • 2002 Booksense 76 list
  • 2002 Kentucky State Award Nominee
  • Booklist Editors' Choice
  • BCCB Blue Ribbon
  • Heartland Award for Excellence in YA Literature Finalist
  • "Fanfare:" The Horn Book Honor List
  • New York Times Notable Book of the Year
  • PW Best Books of the Year
  • Riverbank Review Children's Book of Distinction
  • Tayshas High School Reading List (TX)
  • Awarded Outstanding Achievement in Books Honor by Parent's Guide to Children's Media