Sunday, March 1, 2009
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Steve is a teen from Harlem who has dreams of becoming a filmmaker. He is also in jail awaiting his trial on murder charges. A small convenience store in his neighborhood was robbed and during the robbery the owner was shot and killed. Steve is accused of being the lookout for the two boys who were in the store in exchange for a share of the money. Steve tells the story of his trial and the realities of life in prision in his personal journal and in the form of a script for a movie. Facing a possible life sentence Steve is scared about his future but he wonders why everyone seems to think he is a monster.