Banned or Challenged Books, Grades 5–8
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Monster by Walter Dean Myers is the story of sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon—a film student who ends up incarcerated for his alleged role in a robbery in which the store owner was killed. As he stands trial for felony murder, Steve writes a screenplay about the events leading up to his incarceration. Monster has been challenged in school districts across the country. In Kansas, a group of parents challenged the book (along with 13 others) for containing "vulgar language" and "violent imagery that is gratuitously employed."
Activity: Spark a spirited debate about the moral and social dilemmas that arise in Walter Dean Myers's Monster with the group discussion questions in this reading guide.
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