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The Messenger - Markus Zusak

Paperback Published: 1st November 2013
ISBN: 9781742613598
Number Of Pages: 396
For Ages: 12 - 99 years old

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Meet Ed Kennedy - cab driving prodigy, pathetic card player and useless at sex. He lives in the suburbs, shares coffee with his dog, the Doorman, and he's in nervous-love with Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence - until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That's when the first ace turns up. That's when Ed becomes the messenger. Chosen to care, he makes his way through town, helping and hurting (where necessary) until only one question remains. Who's behind Ed's mission? The Messenger, by the highly acclaimed author Markus Zusak, is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists and love.

About the Author

Markus Zusak was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including The Messenger and the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which is translated into more than forty languages. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.

A Wonderful tale!


Ed embarks on a quest to deliver his messages, and finds out a lot about himself along the way. I love how Ed sees the wonder and beauty in people. A great read!



A real gem if a book


Very inspirational story. Most people would be able to relate to at least one of the characters. The protagonist very endearing.

Windsor NSW


Always a favourite!!


I first read this book when I was in High school. At that stage I struggled immensely to find absolutely anything that drew me in other than Harry Potter. I didn't know readers and only had access to the very small selection at the school library and I just happened to stumble across this book then. It's been with me since. I have re-read it multiple times over the years and it's still one of the first things I recommend to people. It's still a top favourite. I enjoy Markus' writing in general but this book has so much personality and such a strong, beautiful message! The average person who would presumably have nothing to offer does exactly that and offers more than even that character could know! Its humorous and relate-able and teaches us that no matter who we are, we can make a difference. My favourite of his work to this day!

QLD, Australia


Definite Re-read


This book was amazing. The characters were funny and extremely likeable. The relationships between the characters in this story are both relatable and entertaining. All up, a deep message presented in an easy to read, and addictive book.



Inspiration all in 396 pages


"Sometimes people are beautiful, not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are." "If a guy like you can stand up and do what you did, then maybe everyone can. Maybe everyone can live beyond what theyre capable of." The protagonist, Ed Kennedy, a 'down-and-out' underage taxi driver who is hopelessly in love with his best friend Audrey, who, to his dismay, feels that she cares about him too much to date him. Ed is standing in a bank queue when a robbery takes place. He accidentally foils the robbers escape, and is proclaimed a hero. Shortly after, he receives an Ace of Diamonds in the mail. The ace is from an unknown source. On the ace is written a list of addresses and times. These represent a series of tasks that Ed must complete. Throughout the book, Ed receives different playing cards in the mail. Each card is a different ace, and each ace contains a series of tasks, often in the form of cryptic clues. I personally love this book. It didnt take me long to read and I just indulged in every word Markus Zusak wrote (much like his other books also). It was different to what I usually read but I enjoyed reading the tasks he did and peoples stories. It was comical, romantic, suspensful at times and original. The book had powerful themes and some scenes that made my heart melt. This book has such a strong message, that made me feel inspired and it has stuck with me since reading it. If anyone asks me to recommend any book or what is my favourite, I go to this book by default as it is good every time you read it.

Melbourne, AUS


I'd read it again!


An engaging, clever piece of writing with a killer twist. Definitely worth reading. Not just a great story but The Messenger makes you think, about what makes us human, how we can relate to others and what we can do to make the world a better place. Zusak creates likable characters that are easy to relate to. This story was worth it just to solve the mystery.

Sydney, AU


The Messenger

4.8 6


ISBN: 9781742613598
ISBN-10: 1742613594
Audience: General
For Ages: 12 - 99 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 1st November 2013
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.7  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.3

Markus Zusak

About the Author

Markus Zusak was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which is translated into more than forty languages. First released in 2005, The Book Thief has spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, and still remains there to this day.

His first three books, The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe and When Dogs Cry (also known as Getting the Girl), released between 1999 and 2001, were all published internationally and garnered a number of awards and honours in his native Australia and the USA.

The Messenger (or I am the Messenger), published in 2002, won the 2003 Australian Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award (Older Readers) and the 2003 NSW Premier’s Literary Award (Ethel Turner Prize), as well as receiving a Printz Honour in America. It also won numerous national readers choice awards across Europe, including, in 2007, the highly regarded Deutscher Jugendliteratur Jugendjury prize in Germany, which he won again for The Book Thief in 2010. It is The Book Thief, however, that has established Markus Zusak as one of the most successful authors to come out of Australia. To date, The Book Thief has held the number one position on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as in countries across South America, Europe and Asia. It has also been in the top five bestsellers in the UK and several other territories. It has amassed many and varied awards, ranging from literary prizes to readers choice awards to prizes voted on by booksellers. It was the only book to feature on both the USA and UK World Book Night Lists in 2012, and has been voted as Australian readers’ favourite book by Dymocks three years running.

In 2013, The Book Thief was adapted to screen, directed by Emmy Award-winning Brian Percival (Downton Abbey) and shot in Berlin by Twentieth Century Fox. The cast was headlined by Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine, The King’s Speech) and Academy Award nominee Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves, Anna Karenina). It also cast Sophie Nelisse (Monsieur Lazhar), as Liesel Meminger.

The Guardian calls The Book Thief “a novel of breathtaking scope, masterfully told.” The New York Times: “Brilliant and hugely ambitious…the kind of book that can be life-changing.” The Age: “an original, moving, beautifully written book.”

In 2014, Zusak received the American Library Association’s Margaret Edwards award for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature, for his body of work ranging from The Underdog up to The Book Thief.

Markus Zusak grew up in Sydney, Australia, and still lives there with his wife and two children.

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