A Monster Calls by Patrick NessThe bestselling novel about love, loss and hope from the twice Carnegie Medal-winning Patrick Ness.
Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that dont quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, theres a visitor at his window. Its ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.
Patrick Ness takes the final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd and weaves an extraordinary and heartbreaking tale of mischief, healing and above all, the courage it takes to survive.
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A Monster Calls
Created by the original team behind SparkNotes, LitCharts are the world's best literature guides. A Melancholy Beginning. A Monster Calls was based on an idea by young adult novelist Siobhan Dowd. Dowd unfortunately did not have the chance to write the work herself, as she passed away from cancer. A Tale of Two Medals. A Monster Calls is the only book to have won both the Carnegie Medal and the Greenaway Medal, which are awards that recognize outstanding writing and illustration, respectively.
All rights reserved. He goes downstairs for breakfast and calls for his mom, which he's been doing a lot lately. But she's not out of bed yet. Conor's not too bothered: after the night he's had, he's happy to make his own breakfast, and quickly whips up some cereal, toast, and juice. As he chows down, he looks out at the graveyard and sees that the yew tree is back where it belongs. He reflects on the events of the previous night. When he first woke up, he thought it was all a dream.
Detailed plot synopsis reviews of A Monster Calls A young boy is in denial about the imminent death of his mother and so a monster steps in to teach him how to face reality and accept the inevitable.
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A Monster Calls
Not that we know this at the beginning. This dream is, in fact, the thing we wait the whole book to find out. Every time Conor has the dream, he wakes up at exactly seven minutes past midnight. So when he wakes up one night and there's an actual monster outside his bedroom window, you'd think he'd be terrified. However, it's not the monster Conor's been expecting, so he's kind of unimpressed. This monster spends its days as a yew tree in the cemetery behind his house, but at night it turns into a terrifying tree-creature with skin made of leaves and slices of bark for teeth.