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2006 – I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak

April 7, 2009

Meet Ed Kennedy — underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he’s hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when the first Ace arrives. 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?

Winner of the 2003 Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award in Australia, I Am the Messenger is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love.

Post links to reviews of or your thoughts on this book in the comments.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 13, 2009 10:15 pm

    I especially loved the message of this book, which, for me, was this (quoting from my own review): “It’s about helping people, looking outside yourself for a change, seeing what’s going on around you, and doing small things that make a big difference.”

    The review here: http://sueysbooks.blogspot.com/2007/07/review-i-am-messenger.html

  2. April 14, 2009 8:04 pm

    I read this one a while ago. I agree the message was fantastic. I had a really hard time with everything else – too many teens doing stupid things for my taste. I loved the plot and the purpose, I just couldn’t handle a lot of the stuff that happened along the way.

  3. agirlnamedsara permalink
    April 16, 2009 4:21 pm

    Enjoyed this book a lot. http://yalitgoodbadugly.wordpress.com/2009/01/01/i-am-the-messenger-markus-zusak/

  4. May 22, 2009 1:52 pm

    I think the message would have been more powerful if the ending hadn’t undercut it completely.

    http://relatedreading.wordpress.com/2009/05/22/i-am-the-messenger/

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