Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness, Jim Kay (Illustrator)
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Walker Books
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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.
This short illustrated novel tells the story of Conor, a little boy whose mother is currently in chemotherapy for her cancer. His dad is nowhere to be found and he has been having a consistent nightmare which he tells no one about. Then, he meets the monster.