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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
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Dec 31, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, teen, grades-5-6, realism, grades-7-8
Read in December, 2011

A monster calls to Conor at 12:07 a.m. And informs him that it is going to tell Conor three stories, and after the third story, Conor must tell the monster his truth. Conor doesn't want to hear the monsters stories and he knows he doesn't want to tell his truth (the nightmare) to the monster, or anyone, for that matter. At first Conor dreads visits from the monster, but as his mother continues to get sicker and a bully continues to harass him at school, he begins to anxiously await the monsters visits with a fleeting hope that the monster will be able to solve his problems.
Heartbreaking in every sense of the word. Conor's isolation and loneliness is deep, soul crunching stuff. Conor's monster isn't as terrifying as the cover (or title) would have you believe. The tale is straight forward and truthful and the metaphor of the monster is sure to resonate with anyone who has been through a similar situation.
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