Provocative issues for the YA crowd Monster, Walter Dean Myers's award-winning book, is a winner again as an unabridged, full-cast audio presentation. Steve, a 16-year-old Harlem boy fascinated with filmmaking, is arrested as an accomplice in a drugstore shooting. Overwhelmed by the sudden reversal of his life, horrified by being in jail, and justifiably scarred, he turns his experience into a movie script, a scene-by-scene account of the trial and of his emotions. Very well done in every way, this is the kind of audio that will provoke discussion of real issues a great way to pass the time and pass along some important values.

Sukey Howard reports on spoken word audio each month.

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