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I Am the Messenger
by Markus Zusak
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PublisherKnopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date2007-12-18 (added to CC 10 Jul 2010)
Amazon Sales Rank4,285
Meet Ed Kennedy—underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he’s hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when the first Ace arrives. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger. . . .

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?

Winner of the 2003 Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award in Australia, I Am the Messenger is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love.


From the Hardcover edition.

Member Reviews
(27 Sep 2013)
An original, likable but flawed protagonist, quirky supporting cast and unique plot.
(5 Nov 2011)
This book has a wonderful protagonist, and I loved the narrator's voice. However, the book did feel very preachy at the end.
(21 Jul 2010)
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