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by Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014.

Format: Book on CD 2000
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
Location Collection Call #
Braddock Carnegie Library CD Book YA F CD BK MYE
Location  Braddock Carnegie Library
Collection  CD Book
Call Number  YA F CD BK MYE
CLP - Main Library First Floor - Open Stacks CD M
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Open Stacks
Call Number  CD M
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Young Adult YA CD BOOK FIC MYE
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Young Adult
Northland Public Library Teen Audiobooks YA FIC MYERS (COMPACT DISC)
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Teen Audiobooks
BONUS FEATURE: Afterword read by the author

A Harlem drugstore owner was shot and killed in his store, and the word is that 16-year-old Steve Harmon served as the lookout. Was he involved or was he simply in the wrong place at the wrong time? An amateur filmmaker, Steve transcribes his trial into a movie script, showing scene by scene how his life was turned around in an instant.


Steve (Voice-Over): Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I'll call it what the lady prosecutor called me... Monster .

FADE IN: INTERIOR COURT. A guard sits at a desk behind STEVE. KATHY O'BRIEN, STEVE's lawyer, is all business as she talks to STEVE.

Let me make sure you understand what's going on. Both you and this King character are on trial for felony murder. Felony murder is as serious as it gets....When you're in court, you sit there and pay attention. You let the jury know that you think the case is as serious as they do....

You think we're going to win?

O'BRIEN (seriously)
It probably depends on what you mean by "win."

"The production is recorded as a full-cast dramatization, and it's difficult to imagine how it might have been accomplished more effectively. A superb recording of an intriguing work."-- AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

Coretta Scott King: Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement
Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Literature for Young Adults
National Book Award finalist
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
Edgar Allan Poe Award nominee, Best Young Adult
Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 9-12. Myers combines an innovative format, complex moral issues, and an intriguingly sympathetic but flawed protagonist in this cautionary tale of a 16-year-old on trial for felony murder. Steve Harmon is accused of acting as lookout for a robbery that left a victim dead; if convicted, Steve could serve 25 years to life. Although it is clear that Steve did participate in the robbery, his level of involvement is questionable, leaving protagonist and reader to grapple with the question of his guilt. An amateur filmmaker, Steve tells his story in a combination of film script and journal. The "handwritten" font of the journal entries effectively uses boldface and different sizes of type to emphasize particular passages. The film script contains minimal jargon, explaining camera angles (CU, POV, etc.) when each term first appears. Myers' son Christopher provides the black-and-white photos, often cropped and digitally altered, that complement the text. Script and journal together create a fascinating portrait of a terrified young man wrestling with his conscience. The tense drama of the courtroom scenes will enthrall readers, but it is the thorny moral questions raised in Steve's journal that will endure in readers' memories. Although descriptions of the robbery and prison life are realistic and not overly graphic, the subject matter is more appropriate for high-school-age than younger readers. (Reviewed May 1, 1999)0060280778Debbie Carton"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Trials (Murder) -- Fiction.
Prisons -- Fiction.
Self-perception -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Trials (Murder) -- Juvenile fiction.
Prisons -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Publisher New York :Listening Library,2000
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Listening Library.
Participants/Performers Read by a full cast.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
"Bonus feature: Includes an afterword read by the author"--Container.
Description 2 audio discs (2 hr., 34 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780739355565
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