A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

13 Jan

A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness

Published:  September 2011

Sometimes you read a book to feel good.  Sometimes you escape.  Sometimes you explore.

This book is to have a good cry.  It is short.  It is intense, powerful, visual (the art is incredible), striking, lyrical (yes, really!), funny (in a weird way that diffuses the tension), and very, very sad.  Conor is expecting the monster.  Every night at 12:07 a.m.  Conor is afraid and is not afraid of the monster when it finally comes.  The monster tells Conor three stories.  Interspersed with those stories are the daylight hours of going to school, facing the bully, facing the sympathy, and dealing with, or more likely ignoring, his mother’s illness.

The monster’s three stories and Conor’s fourth one tie together brilliantly.  But, oh, the emotions that churn!  Yet, maybe we all need to speak with the monster and learn from the stories.

Recommended: Grades 6 & up.

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