Saturday, January 12, 2013

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness ESSENTIAL

Ness, Patrick A Monster Calls 215 pgs. Walker Books, 2011. Content -- PG.

from goodreads: "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."

This is a beautiful book. Amazingly well written, with beautiful illustrations that match the tone and story of the book. I highly recommend. Though every library should own a copy, I don't think it's for everyone. There are themes of death and family and bullying and letting go and growing up and understanding that somethings life just isn't fair. It's just amazing.

EL, MS, HS -- ESSENTIAL reviewer: Rebekah, public librarian

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