What is the climax of Monster?
Walter Dean Myers's book Monster is an interesting book to examine in terms of the plot and climax, because readers could arguably defend several possible climaxes in the book.
The climax of a story is the story's highest point of tension. It marks a turning point, and that turning point's focus is on the main conflict. Some readers might support the idea that the story's climax occurs when the verdict is read. Everything has been building up to this moment. Steve has taken the stand, witnesses have spoken for and against Steve, and the closing arguments have been made. I would count all of those things as rising actions that build up the story's tension. The verdict is going to be what determines Steve's future. Regardless of the verdict, the reader's tension will be eased.
Another possible climax point in the story is the closing arguments sequence. All of the evidence has already been presented for and against Steve. All of that was rising action, and there is nothing left for the court case to cover. Each lawyer must give their final comments and thoughts and make their final push to determine the verdict. The tension is most definitely high at this point. If this is the chosen climax position, then the actual verdict is part of the story's falling action that leads into the cloudy resolution that has readers wondering if Steve truly deserved the not-guilty verdict.