By Walter Dean Myers

"Chilling and engrossing."

~The New York Times Book Review

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

~Publishers Weekly

Is Steve innocent or guilty? You will have to read MONSTER to find out!


The story takes place in Manhattan and Harlem, New York City, in three important locations: a courtroom, a prison, and sometimes in the neighborhood where Steve Harmon, the main character, lives. The novel is written in the present day.
Monster Video Trailer


A sixteen-year-old boy named Steve Harmon finds himself on trial for murder after he is accused as acting as a lookout for the young men who actually commit a robbery at a Harlem drugstore and kill the store owner. The story is presented predominantly from his own viewpoint in the form of a screenplay and journal entries he writes, while he faces the trial and possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison.

The Characters as Actors:




About the Author

Walter Dean Myers was born in August, 1937 in West Virginia. He was adopted and grew up in Harlem. Myers dropped out of high school and enlisted in the US Army on his 17th birthday. Although he didn't do well in school, he always had a passion for writing. His second passion growing up was basketball. Myers has written over fifty books, including picture books and nonfiction, but he is best known for his young adult novels.

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She teaches at Park View Middle School in Mukwonago, WI. Monster is one the novels her eighth grade students read during the school year.

...and she thinks of her dog Mowgli as a "Monster"!