Picador’s Best Sellers. Number 9.The Messenger – Markus Zusak
We keep this novel in our Australian Fiction section but it is also suitable for mature teenagers and in fact won The Children’s Book Council’s ‘Book of the Year’ Award in 2003. It is the story of Ed Kennedy a down-and-out, underage taxidriver. Ed accidentally foils the escape of a bank robber and is hailed as a hero. Shortly after he receives from an unknown source an Ace of Diamonds card. On the card is a list of good deeds for Ed to perform – after all he is a hero! There is a real twist to the ending.
Markus Zusak also wrote “The Book Thief”.
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