Australian author Markus Zusak’s 2002 YA novel, I Am the Messenger, tells the story of how the machinations of a mysterious benefactor transform an underachieving nineteen-year-old cab driver into an agent of change. His empowerment has a ripple effect in his community. This story of an idealistic dreamer working out his destiny in a low-income suburb has earned international awards for its blend of gritty realism, hilarious camaraderie, and awkward romance. Originally published as The Messenger in Australia, the US title captures the story's theme of the power of individuals to become the change they want to see.


See a complete Character List for I Am the Messenger, as well as in-depth analysis of its most important characters.

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the main themes, motifs, and symbols in I Am the Messenger.


Here's where you'll find important quotes from I Am the Messenger and explanations of them.


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