A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Story from Siobhan Dowd)
Conor has been plagued by a nightmare night after night for quite some time; always the same nightmare. It was not a ‘normal’ nightmare such as: Boogeymen coming to burn your house down. It was The Nightmare; The Nightmare that had a very real meaning behind it; The Nightmare that haunted Conor during daylight; The Nightmare that caused what came next…
Seven minutes past midnight. That was when the monster came walking. However, it was not the monster from Conor’s Nightmare. This monster didn’t phase him in the slightest. Conor didn’t care about the monster, not even after it left something malleable behind him so that Conor knew it was real. The monster had come for a very particular reason, one that Conor wouldn’t know until the last minutes of The Nightmare.
Teen Rating: A Monster Calls is not a typical book; it mixes fiction with a grave reality to create a unbelievably incredible story. A Monster Calls is a must read; it is deep and powerful, with a very, very real and striking truth behind it. 12+ 4.8/5