Myers, W. D. (1999). Monster. NY: Harper.
Monster is a contemporary realistic fiction book that I think would be a little explicit for middle schoolers, but would be great for high school students to read aloud. It is written in a script form so it would be a lot of fun to read aloud and even act out-especially the ending scene where Steve’s attorney refuses to hug him after he is proclaimed not guilty to murder. Basically, the story follows Steve’s trial as he is being accused for murder when he was a lookout for some other boys. We know he is innocent as readers, but each night, Steve goes back to his cell and questions this simple truth. Is he a monster since he helped other be monsters? The story has many flashbacks to before the trial which helps the reader be able to form their own opinion to help Steve answer his question. This book would be great to give to students to show that even when you don’t think that you are going to have major consequences for something small, you will, because every bad decision has a consequence.