I Am the Messenger

I Am the Messenger

Book - 2006
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After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help, and he begins getting over his lifelong feeling of worthlessness.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
Edition: First Knopf trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780375836671
Branch Call Number: ZUS
Characteristics: 357 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Messenger


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Aug 25, 2016

I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak, is a book about the nature of humankind told through the thoughts of your average, ordinary human: Ed Kennedy. Ed isn’t anything special. He’s just Ed. He plays cards with his friends and he drives his taxi, and that’s about it. Then, all of a sudden, he saves his friends from an armed robber, and strange things start happening. When Ed receives a playing card from an unknown sender with three addresses on it, he has no choice but to investigate, and finds himself needing to solve the problems of the people on this mysterious card. This is one of my favourite books of all time because of the message it sends. It speaks of the good that ordinary humans can do. It’s an incredibly inspiring work of fiction, showing that even doing something as small as buying a family Christmas lights can change the way someone else perceives the world. It shows that you don’t have to be superhuman to be a superhero, even if you’re only that hero for one person. Every act of kindness you do, you change something for the better, no matter how small. I’d recommend this to anyone who wants to see the good side of humanity and who wants to know what they can do to make the world a better place.
- @freckleface675 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

From the author who made the critically acclaimed novel 'The Book Thief', Markus Zusak goes for an entirely different genre with this mystery comedy drama. This book follows the mundane life of Ed Kennedy living in an old town in Australia where nothing happens, the beginning shows him stopping a bank robbery then the rest of the story is a series of strange events happening to him. Ed receives cards in the mail where he is instructed to do good within his community but with certain gallantry. This incredibly entertaining novel explores what anybody is capable of, with tear-jerking moments and times when you want to laugh until your stomach hurts, I would recommend this to anybody.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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