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  • Published: New York : Knopf, [2005], c2002.
  • Year Published: 2002
  • Edition: 1st American ed.
  • Description: 357 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • Lexile: 640

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  • 0375836675 (softcover)
  • 0375830995 :
  • 9780375830990

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I am the messenger

by Zusak, Markus.

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Call number: Teen Fiction, R Printz Honor 2006

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Originally published: Australia : Pan Macmillan Australia, 2002, as The messenger.

After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help, and he begins getting over his lifelong feeling of worthlessness. Meet Ed Kennedy₇underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he₂s hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That₂s when the first Ace arrives. That₂s when Ed becomes the messenger. . . . Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who₂s behind Ed₂s mission? Winner of the 2003 Children₂s Book Council Book of the Year Award in Australia, I Am the Messenger is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love.

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I loved this book, until I read the ending and then I felt like the whole book was pointless.

Not quite up to The Book Thief

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but if you are looking for a book of the caliber of Zusak's most recent book, *The Book Thief,* you may be disappointed. However, it is well worth a read even if it doesn't match the glory of that book. The premise is interesting and well developed, the characters are suitably flawed but endearing, and the situations the main character ends up in are realistic even in a fantastical book. There was a love story that I found a bit predictable and dull, but other than that, I enjoyed this book.

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