I Am the Messenger

I Am the Messenger

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From the author of the extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller The Book Thief, I Am the Messenger is an acclaimed novel filled with laughter, fists, and love.


Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He's pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

That's when the first ace arrives in the mail. 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?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 20mm | 272g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0375836675
  • 9780375836671
  • 8,006

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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.

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Review Text

Funny and gripping. The Miami Herald
Both serious and funny, touching and exciting. The Salt Lake Tribune
Fresh and thought-provoking. The Grand Rapids Press
Raucous, poignant, and at times laugh-out-loud funny. BookPage
Compulsively readable. Publishers Weekly, Starred
Unpretentious, well conceived, and appropriately raw. School Library Journal, Starred
Zusak outdoes himself here. The Bulletin, Starred
Zusak succeeds brilliantly. Booklist, Starred
Funny, engrossing, and suspenseful. KLIATT, Starred
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Review quote

"Funny and gripping." --The Miami Herald

"Both serious and funny, touching and exciting." --The Salt Lake Tribune

"Fresh and thought-provoking." --The Grand Rapids Press

"Raucous, poignant, and at times laugh-out-loud funny." --BookPage

"Compulsively readable." --Publishers Weekly, Starred

"Unpretentious, well conceived, and appropriately raw." --School Library Journal, Starred

"Zusak outdoes himself here." --The Bulletin, Starred

"Zusak succeeds brilliantly." --Booklist, Starred

"Funny, engrossing, and suspenseful." --KLIATT, Starred
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About Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak is the award-winning author of The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger, both Michael L. Printz Honor Books. An international bestseller, The Book Thief has sold over 4.5 million copies in the U.S. alone and has garnered worldwide critical acclaim. The New York Times called it Brilliant and hugely ambitious. . . . It's the kind of book that can be life changing, and The Guardian (UK) said, Unsettling, thought-provoking, life-affirming, triumphant and tragic, this is a novel of breathtaking scope, masterfully told. It is an important piece of work, but also a wonderful page-turner.

Markus Zusak is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. He lives with his wife and children in Sydney, Australia.
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Rating details

151,537 ratings
4.03 out of 5 stars
5 38% (57,328)
4 37% (55,601)
3 18% (27,864)
2 5% (7,719)
1 2% (3,025)

Our customer reviews

Naturally I was swayed to read The Messenger as I so enjoyed The Book Thief, which I read long before the movie was around. I warmed to this novel, the further I got into it. It was unputdownable, not because it was action packed, but I just had to know. Not funny like some of the comments on the cover would have you believe. Definitely touching, poignant, and very thought provoking. This book warms your soul. A joy.show more
Favourite Quote: �?�¢�¢?�¬�??How well do we really let ourselves know each other?�?�¢�¢?�¬�?? I read the Book Thief by Markus Zusak over a year ago and absolutely loved it! It was one of my top 10 books I read in 2012, so I knew I had to continue reading his works. Let me tell you, I Am The Messenger did not disappoint, I loved it too! I give this book a 5/5 stars. The plot was unique and well thought out; the author has a remarkable ability to create great hard-hitting books. Each characters individual story was touching or heart-wrenching and that�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢s kind of what made this book so wonderful. There was a message written within the book and it was just beautiful and inspiring! Although I wasn�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢t surprised when by the revelation of the messenger �?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?? I kind of guessed it from the beginning �?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?? it was still a good twist. Even though this is a serious book with a message �?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?? just like the Book Thief �?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?? Markus Zusak still manages to fit humour into the novel and that makes the book all that more enjoyable, seriously I loved the conversations between Ed and his dog! As for the characters, I felt something for each of them. Ed, I just loved, he was lost and lonely and I instantly connected with him. He might be one of my favourite all-time protagonists. His character development throughout the book was very well done and I think he was my favourite! Other side characters �?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?? Marv, Audrey, Sophie, etc �?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?? all had their moments and I liked them all. Despite not having big parts of the story, they had great character development and by the end I was rooting for them all! Especially Marv, his story just touched me! Overall, this book was spectacular! It had everything a book should have, humour, a message, a journey and great characters! I cannot wait to read the rest of the authors works and if you haven�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢t read anything by him yet, then what are you waiting for!show more
by brookexx
Ed Kennedy is a nineteen-year-old cab driver who is kind of a nobody! He hasn't achieved anything great, isn't a genius, his mom despises him, and his dad died of alcoholism. The only real thing that he has is his dog, named the Doorman, who everyone says desperately needs a bath. And, he's in love with Audrey, a girl from a bad neighborhood, just like him, who also happens to be one of his best friends since forever. The thing is, Audrey doesn't know that Ed is in love with her, and worse yet, she says she doesn't believe in love. One day, Ed and his friend stop at a local bank, but a robbery begins while they are in line. And Ed stops the guy. So then he becomes a local hero. He is just trying to live a normal life, and then he gets a playing card in the mail with three addresses and times on it. Ed doesn't know what to do. Should he just throw the card away, like his friends instruct, or should he go to the first address to see what this is all about? This book would be a good recommendation for fans of THE DA VINCI CODE and the movie National Treasure. Ed is such a cool character! He seems like such a normal guy, who does things that normal guys do, and lives a very ordinary life. Until he gets the card in the mail, and he's not so ordinary anymore.show more
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