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Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Published: Walker Books
Conor has the same nightmare every night, ever since his mother became sick. It's hard for him to remember a time before the doctors and hospital visits. Conor would give anything for things to be the way they were before all of this happened and to be treated like something other than a kid with a sick mother at his school.
Even though his mother tries to carry on as if nothing is wrong Conor knows that her treatments are failing, but he still has hope that one day she will get better. Then one night at 12:07 pm a large beast made up of a Yew tree appears at Conor's bedroom window. Since Conor was sleeping the only thing he could think was that this was a dream or nightmare some sort. The monster assures him that this is not the case much to the disbelief of Conor who almost taunts the beast in way. The monster didn't come to scare Conor though he brought with him stories of the misfortunes of life and assures Conor that after a few of his own life stories it will be Conor's turn to tell his.
"You really aren't afraid, are you? "
"No." Conor said. "Not of you , anyway."
The Monster narrowed its eyes.
"You will be," it said "before the end."
The next morning Conor wakes up to a room filled with leaves from a Yew Tree. The monster had to be a dream such a thing couldn't exist could it? Life for Conor is about to come crashing down as his worst fears begin to be come a reality and the worst of all is a monster.....who wants the truth.
Thoughts: I found this book very interesting and I love the monster in the story who appeared very wise and told stories or truths that aren't always what they seem. This book was a bit depressing but it struck a cord with me since I have had people in my family become sick and slowly waste away while doctors rushed around trying to find a cure. The book itself is a quick read with very short chapters that can be easily tackled even if you are a busy person. This books comes with a message that things aren't always as they appear to be and I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to know what that message means.
Quotes From The Book:
"And then one day the invisible man decided, the monster said, its voice ringing in Conor's ears, I will make them see me."
"You do not write your life with words, the monster said. You write it with actions."