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The story line is completely original and captivating from beginning to end. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoy intense, some what dark books. AMAZING.
posted Jun 19, 2007 at 9:39PM
cards, friends, clues, track meets, taxi drivers, teenagers running the reel at the movie. again, what could be missing?
posted Apr 5, 2009 at 10:07AM
Ed Kennedy has been a loser all his life. Born on the wrong side of the tracks, an underachiever in school, in unrequited love with his best friend Audrey, Ed's only cheerleader is his ancient, stinky dog. At the tender age of nineteen, he's an underage cabdriver facing a long life of mundane routine.... until he spontaneously commits an act of bravery during a bank robbery. Then Ed begins receiving playing cards in the mail, aces with cryptic notes that direct him to certain people and places. By following these clues, Ed finds himself in a position to help--stopping crimes, uniting people, playing the hero (even if he sometimes has to play the bad guy first). And every time he chooses to care, Ed is challenged and changed. Whether those changes are for the better or for the worst is tied up in the mystery of who sends the aces, and why, and it's a mystery that's as important to the reader as it is to Ed. Author Markus Zusak invents some unique characters to wander in and out of Ed's adventures, and makes Ed himself a lovable loser, a thoughtful, honest kid with a supporting cast of smart-ass friends and an original narrative voice. First published in Australia in 2002 as The Messenger, this redemption tale won the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year Award.
posted Sep 1, 2009 at 10:37AM
A story of self-discovery in a modern world.
posted Jan 22, 2010 at 10:08PM
This book was really good!! If you are looking at it because you just red The Book Thief and are looking at other books by him, I urge you to read this, but it is way different then The Book Thief. I liked both of them but if you only reads books like The Book Thief then you will probably not like this one. But give it a chance, it was really good and i really enjoyed (not as much as The Book Thief though, thats one of my all-time favorite books!)
posted Oct 16, 2011 at 8:08PM
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Father died of alcoholism; lives in a run-down apartment with his smelly dog; drinks and plays cards with his friends; stops a bank robbery one day; begins receiving playing cards marked with code in the mail; goes on a series of missions followed by the cards' instructions; Ed begins to search for meaning in his life.