Today’s Book Spotlight is on A Monster Calls by: Patrick Ness, from an original idea by: Siobhan Dowd.
Conor O’Malley is your average teenage boy living in an average town. His mother is sick, very sick, but he knows her treatments are going to eventually work. Until then, he’s going to carry on as if everything is fine, taking care of his mother and the house for as long as it takes. He can bear it all, even the nightmares, if he can focus on when his mother will get better.
Everything is fine until the monster shows up. The monster claims to have come because Conor has called it, though he certainly doesn’t remember doing so. It will come back four times and tell him three stories. The last time it comes, Conor has to tell him a story–his own truth–or else he’ll be eaten alive. But Conor doesn’t have a story to share. Or rather, Conor doesn’t want to share his story. Because sharing his story means facing his nightmares and he’d rather die than do that.
This book was written by Patrick Ness, although it was inspired by an original idea from author Siobhan Dowd. She died of breast cancer before she could finish this book and Ness was handpicked to finish it. This is a deeply moving story about pain and dealing with the loss of a family member. If you’re looking for a real tear-jerker, this is the book for you. The numerous black and illustrations also lend this book a haunting atmosphere. If you’d like to reserve a copy of this book, please fill out a book request form or head on down to the library and check it out. Let us know what you think in the comments!