A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd)
The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.
But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…
This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
It wants the truth.
A Monster Calls is a new mix of sorrowful cancer book and chilling horror story. This book was extraordinary, from the way it was conceived to the way it was brought to life. Just when I thought I’d figured out what was happening, something new popped up. Ness’ words, Dowd’s idea, and Jim Kay’s illustrations fill every page with suspense and mystery. It’s creepy, it’s heartfelt, and it’s heartbreaking. A Monster Calls isn’t a book to be taken lightly, and it certainly isn’t a book that turns out the way you expect.
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