Parents' Guide to

I Am the Messenger

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Lots of mature content in gritty tale; OK for older teens.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 18+

Promoting for kids???

When did this become a book for kids/teens? I didn't get that at all and was a little concerned by it. I did love the book but wouldn't have recommended it for teenagers at all!!
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age 12+
It's good if you've read cherub or any series like that but it is still fiction

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9):
Kids say (24):

When it's good, it's very good; this award-winning novel about a slacker whose life is altered when he starts receiving mysterious playing cards in the mail has glimpses of brilliance. Aussie author Markus Zusak has that down-under way of being relaxed and hard-edged at the same time, allowing him to deal with some serious subject matter in a way that's both light and powerful. He also has a way of making his slacker characters so intelligent and appealing that it makes the reader wonder just what exactly is wrong with a life lived small and free of ambition. The resolution to the big mystery of who is sending the cards reads as if Zusak just couldn't figure out how to get out of the hole he'd dug for himself, so he just slapped this on. But if you can ignore the last 10 pages, this is a terrific, at times moving, and thought-provoking story that can lead readers to look at their own worlds in a slightly different way.

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