I Am The Messenger centers around a 19 year old male searching for his identity. Throughout the novel he speaks candidly about his relationship with his mother, his feelings of sexual inadequacy, and his friendships. He is mysteriously pushed into action when he begins to receive cryptic messages on playing cards. The novel chronicles his experience with these cards while keeping their origin a secret.
This is definitely a novel for older teens and young adults searching for meaning in their lives. I would recommend it to men and women aged 16-22. I believe it could be used in a classroom, and provides many topics for discussion. With its male protagonist and some violence, I believe this book appeals to male readers.
2006 – Michael L. Printz Honor
2006 – Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book
2005 – Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year – Children
2003 – Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award in Australia
Filed under: ALA Awards, Classroom Read, Fitting In, Individual Read, Poverty, Printz Award, Realistic Fiction, Sexuality, Teen Boys, Teen parent | Tagged: Markus Zusak, Printz Award, YA Literature, Young Adult |