I Am the Messenger

Markus Zusak
 By the author of the extraordinary international bestseller The Book Thief, this is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love.  Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He's pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That's when the first ace arrives in the mail. That's when Ed becomes the messenger. Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until only one question remains: Who's behind Ed's mission? This book is a 2005 Michael L. Printz Honor Book and recipient of five starred reviews.


Reviewed: 2016-11-19
This author is brilliant! This book starts out with something extraordinary, only to fall into something so ordinary. But that's the point. We meet Ed Kennedy, our protagonist, a taxi driver with no ambition. Then, after he stops a bank robbery, he gets playing cards in the mail with missions, with messages that only he can deliver. And the story the reader finds themselves in can only make them think. Unfortunately, I probably would not be able to teach this in a middle school classroom, but I hope that a high school teacher reads this book and finds a way to put it into a high school classroom because it deals with identity and reaching for what you want instead of settling for what is given to you. Also, the ending had a twist you will never see coming!
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