Author: Markus Zusak
Published: 2002 by Pan Macmillan Australia
Read: December 2013
Why it made it to the top of the pile: Highly recommended, this was the Book Tarts (my book club) pick for our December gathering.
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, YA, Australian authors, Award Winners
Trivia Tidbit: The Messenger was released in the US under the title I Am The Messenger
Awards: 2003 NSW Premier's Literary Award (Ethel Turner Prize); 2003 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year (Older Readers); 2006 Michael L Printz Award (Honor); 2007 Deutscher Jugendliteratur.
Full Disclosure: Purchased
Protect the diamonds
Survive the clubs
Dig deep through the spades
Feel the hearts
Widely categorised as young adult fiction, The Messenger has much to offer the adult reader. Much like Zusak's The Book Thief, The Messenger crosses genres. It is a difficult book to describe, but can be a transformative book to read. It is a mix of coming-of-age novel and modern parable. At its heart is the message that small kindnesses can have an enormous impact. It is about the possibility that "maybe everyone can live beyond what they're capable of." Even if the identity of the messenger is unclear, the message is one everyone can take to heart.