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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
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Oct 06, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 5-star, children-s-lit, pleasure-reading, vamps-and-other-paranormal-pleasure, work-review-related-reading, ya
Read in October, 2011

Conor's being haunted by two monsters--one that is the blackest truth he knows, and another seeking that horrible truth. Neither will give him a moment's rest, both are pushing him further than he ever imagined he could go. All of this is happening in the backdrop of his mother's illness, his struggles with his disapproving grandmother, the appearance of his absentee father and some rather violent bullying at school. This books is not nearly as scary as it is heart wrenching--I certainly teared up over the last several pages. And the illustrations, done by the brilliant Jim Kay, are not to be missed--they set the dark nightmare feel of the book to perfection.

This is a very impressive book based on an idea of the late children's author Siobhan Dowd, who Ness honors greatly with his wonderful telling.
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