The Messenger

By Markus Zusak, Emmanuel Pailler

The Messenger


The Messenger

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THE BOOK THIEF AND UNFORGETTABLE AND SWEEPING FAMILY SAGA DON'T MISS BRIDGE OF CLAY, MARKUS ZUSAK's FIRST NOVEL SINCE. A MICHAEL L. PRINTZ HONOR BOOK FIVE STARRED REVIEWS Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver with little to come from the author of the extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller The Boo... k Thief, I Am the Messenger. He is pathetic in playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and totally dedicated to his doorman, his coffee-drinking dog. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until an inadvertent bank robbery stops him. This is when the first ace in the mail arrives. That's when Ed turns into messenger. Chosen to care, he makes his way through town to help and hurt (if necessary) until there remains only one question: Who is behind Ed's mission?



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Quotes from The Messenger

I’m Angelina, she says. Are you here to save us? I can see a tiny spark of hope awaken in her eyes.
You’re right, Angelina - I’m here to save you.
Can you? Really?
I’ll try, I say and the girl smiles.

All my friends seem to be smart arses. Don't ask me why. Like many things, it is what it is.

He's most likely robbing the bank as a paycheck on the world for winning the ugliness prize at his local fete three years running.

She looks at the swings, and I can see she’s imagining what they’d look like if the kids weren’t there. The guilt of this holds her down momentarily. It appears to be there constantly. Never far away, despite her love for them.
I realize that nothing belongs to her anymore and she belongs to everything.

Guilt   Life   Love

When her hands reached out and poured the tea, it was as if she also poured something into me while I sat there sweating in my cab. It was like she held a string and pulled on it just slightly to open me up. She got in, put a piece of herself inside me, and left again.

Why can’t the world hear? I ask myself. Within a few moments I ask it many times. Because it doesn’t care, I finally answer, and I know I’m right. It’s like I’ve been chosen. But chosen for what? I ask.

Reviews of The Messenger

In this winner of the Australian Children's Book Award for Older Readers, 19-year-old Ed Kennedy slouches through life driving a taxi, playing poker with his buddies, and hanging out with his personable dog, Doorman.

   I Am the Messenger is a brilliantly written novel, and winner of the 2003 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award as well as a Michael L.

Published in the U.S as I Am the Messenger, The Messenger (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2002) is a worthy predecessor to Markus Zusak’s highly acclaimed novel, The Book Thief (Picador, 2003).

The book does contain some explicit content in the fact that the lead character's best friend and love interest is frequently engaging in sexual activity and it does show a negative approach to sex, so I wouldn't encourage parents to let their young children read it, only if you feel your childre...

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