Title: A Monster Calls Author: Patrick Ness
Rating: 🍩 (44/50)
Recommended for: Grades 5th-7th AR: 4.8 Lexile: 730
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.
An amazing book about not taking for granted the things you have, being a good person, and being able to let go even the hardest of things. Be warned, though. This book has a very sad ending.
Thoughts (for when you’re done reading, contains major spoilers)
Amazing book! Patrick Ness does a wonderful job of entertaining the reader throughout the story. There wasn’t one page when I was bored.
My favorite part was when “The Monster” (the yew tree) came and told Conor the 3 stories. The stories related to what was currently happening in the story. For example, when the monster tells the third story (The Story of the Invisible Man) Conor feels invisible, lonely, and ignored.
My favorite character was Lily because of her loyalty to her friends. When the rumor spread that Conor’s mother had cancer and everyone started treating him differently, Lily had stayed his friend and stood up for him. (That was, until Conor told Lily to leave him alone). And of course, we can’t forget when Lily risked herself getting in trouble for Conor and when she wrote him the apology note. What a great friend! Shares a positive message to the readers.
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