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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
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Jan 14, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: death, fantasy
Read in January, 2012

I can't stop thinking about this book, which really touched me deeply. The story revolves around a young boy whose mother is dying of cancer. A yew tree outside his home turns into a monster--one which tells him stories, and insists that he tell his own story at the end. Through the stories the boy confronts his anger, sadness, and hopelessness at his mother's impending death, and then confronts his most frightening feelings of all. This is one of those "children's" books that seems more appropriate for adults--a fable told in simple language, but with profound truths. And added to the power of the story are the outstanding black and white illustrations, which perfectly capture the terrifying emotions that the protagonist is experiencing. Don't miss this one.

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