Conor's mother has been diagnosed with cancer, but that doesn't stifle her fun-loving nature. She continues to live on and to fight the disease with everything she's got, and Conor believes in her ability to overcome it. But when her treatments start to fail, Conor's hope slowly falters. Meanwhile, a monster begins showing up at Conor's bedroom window every night. Who is this monster, and what, if anything, can Conor learn from him? As Conor comes closer and closer to having to accept the devastating reality of his mother's fate, he finds that sometimes the most terrible truths are the ones that we hide deep within ourselves. This is a beautiful and heart-wrenching tale that, for me, hit extremely close to home. I bawled my eyes out several times throughout it. Short, but powerful, A Monster Calls is a story that both young and old will be able to appreciate and enjoy. Just make sure you have a box of tissues handy...you'll probably need it.
From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd ("A Swift Pure Cry")Nwhose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herselfNcomes an unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.