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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


Thirteen year old Conor's life is pretty much hell. His father has moved to America with his new family, his mother is going through yet another round of cancer treatments and his grandmother, who Conor despises, has moved in to help care for his mother. At school he is either ignored or bullied. Even at night, things could not be worse as he has the same horrible nightmare over and over. A nightmare he cannot tell anyone about. Then one night the monster arrives. It isn't the monster he expects, the one from his nightmares. Instead it is a strange, wild monster formed from the yew tree in his back yard. The monster wants to tell Conor three stories and when it is done, Conor must tell the monster a story too, the story of his nightmare.

The idea for A Monster Calls originated with Siobhan Dowd, a young adult author who died of cancer in 2007. Patrick Ness was given the task of taking the concept and characters she created and crafting them into a story. He did this in a haunting, emotional way that will stay with you long after you finish reading. A frightening, heart wrenching tale of loss illustrated by Jim Kay in stunning black and white pictures that perfectly compliment the text. This is a truly beautiful book about monsters real and imagined.

Submitted by Fran @ Bay View

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