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Monster by Walter Dean Myers

In the novel "Monster" by Walter Dean Myers (written in the form of a screen play) the reader follows a young black boy on trial for murder in New York’s Harlem. Steven Harmon the protagonist is also stated to be the author of the screen play which is an autobiography of his time in Jail and on trial. From the beginning Steve professes his innocents and shows the camera a young boy mixed up in the wrong crowd.

As the screen play continues shady witness, convicts, and derelicts are paraded in front of the court. Through flashbacks Steve shows the reader his life before his orange jump suit. He had a little brother who looked up to him and wanted to be his sidekick, a loving family, and a hobby of making films. As the flashbacks progress the reader finds out that Steve is not as innocent as he seems.

In the end Steve is found innocent while the other men on trial were found guilty. He continues to make films and questions how others view him. He thinks about making a film of himself to see if he can see what others do.

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