Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Featured Monster: Green Man/Cancer
An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting – he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd – whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself – Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.
Review: Not at all scary and absolutely heartbreaking, Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls shows that huge, frightening monsters don’t seem so scary when we’re faced with monsters in real life. It’s a clever twist on a monster story that made me want to keep turning pages. Ness comments in the forward how he learned of the idea by author Siobhan Dowd and developed that idea into a fully-formed story after Dowd’s death. If you want a scary, thrilling story, this is not it, but nevertheless it is an amazing story well worth a read.