'Meet Ed Kennedy - underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That's when the first Ace arrives. That's when Ed becomes the messenger...
'The Messenger is a darkly humorous, thought provoking and moving story that reminds us how difficult it is to find our place in the world.'
Unit Suitable For
AC: Year 10 (NSW Stage 5)
fear, human experience, identity, morality, morals, social responsibility
Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Information and communication technology, Literacy, Personal and social
In May 2020, Books + Publishing announced that an adaptation of The Messenger, written by Sarah Lambert, Kirsty Fisher, and Leon Ford, had been funded by Screen Australia.
'The underlying theme in Marcus Zusak’s novels is ordinariness. Whether he is writing from the perspective of two working-class brothers struggling to get noticed for their boxing abilities in Fighting Ruben Wolfe (2000), or from that of Ed in The Messenger (2002) – ‘the epitome of ordinariness’ – the theme looms in complex ways over his writings. Even a character such as Death in his best-known work, The Book Thief (2005), is depicted as facing the same mundane issues as most human beings: he is easily distracted, he can’t make up his mind, he feels overwhelmed by his demanding work.' (Introduction)