A Monster CallsAuthor: Patrick Ness
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
Number of Pages: 224 pages
Geographical Setting: Europe
Time Period: Present
Plot Summary: Conor is a thirteen year old boy who is haunted by a monster that walks outside his house in the middle of the night. The monster begins telling him stories with important lessons about loss and life attached to each one. At the same time, Conor is dealing with his mother's illness and her almost certain death. As her health deteriorates, Conor's anger and frustration, as well as his denial, with the situation reaches a breaking point. It is at these times that he and the "monster" appear to be one. Siobhan Dowd, author of young adult novels such as A Swift Pure Cry, wrote this shortly before her death from breast cancer. Patrick Ness, another renowned young adult author, finished the book.
Subject Headings: Self-actualization (Psychology) -- Fiction.
3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Paranormal, Melancholy, Character-driven
Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):
3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors
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- Clay- David Almond
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- Far Far Away- Tom McNeal
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- This Star Won’t Go Out- Esther Earl
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- Positive- Paige Rawl
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- The Burn Journals- Brent Runyon
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