I Am the Messenger- Markus Zusak

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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: