Steve Harmon, a 16-year old African-American teenager, is put on trial for the murder of a shopkeeper during a robbery. The book revolves around Steve’s courtroom experience, which he records in his notebook in the shape of a movie script. Multiple people are called as witnesses in the court as the court tries to find out who was guilty of killing the man. Eventually, the court reaches a verdict after witnesses such as Steve’s theater teacher and other people involved in the robbery speak: Steve is not guilty, while the person who actually pulled the trigger, James King, is found guilty. Steve
Monster held a standard of which I loved. This book explains how an African American is treated while being held on trial of being an accomplice in a murder. Steve Harmon is the main character and he goes through many incidents during his time in jail. My feelings about this book are unimaginable because it explains a topic that many people do not want to discuss.
I recommend this book/play because of its realistic script and events that happen to Steve and many other people who are only trial with him. Monster begins when a group of acquaintances make a plan to rob a store. The plan ends
Monster, by Walter Dean Myers, is a realistic fiction novel about a teenager who is charged with felony murder. The main character, Steve, is abruptly put into prison because he is accused of being part of a plan that went wrong and accidentally killed a store owner. Steve continuously tries to explain to the judge and the jury that he wasn't present at the time of the crime, but because of racial injustice and the people he hangs out with, they find it nearly impossible that he is innocent. This book shows the entire process of the case in much detail with some plot twists.
This coming-of-age novel is about Steve Harmon, a sixteen-year-old teenager, who is on trial for allegedly murdering a drugstore owner during a failed robbery. He challenges the assumption that he must be a Monster because he is an African-American male on trial for murder. In order to cope and redefine his identity, he distances himself from others and journals his experiences in the form of a screenplay.
The captivating and uniquely written plotline makes this book a must-read. Not only is the story engaging, it also holds a strong message about our criminal justice system and how it