Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Recommended for: 7th grade and Up
Pages: 205 paged
Call Number/Link: TEEN FICTION NESS, P.
Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill–an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.
I first off didn’t know the story line of this book for months, all I saw was the title and cover. My thought was this was a thriller/scary/mystery book, so not what this book is about. The book is actually about a boy trying to come to terms with the fact that is mother, who is a single parent, is dying. He has been keeping everything bottled up inside and doesn’t talk to anyone. The monster helps him come to terms and let out emotion which is something that no one else has been able to do. On a side note the boy is bullied at school and at least one teacher knows, but because Conor doesn’t say anything she doesn’t do anything.
I know others have raved about it, but it didn’t do anything for me. Yes it is well written and looks like it will be made in to a movie in 2016. I cried at the end, but the whole thing just left me feeling blah. This is a Rebecca Caudill nominee, so I am very interested to see what the kids say about this book.