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Middle Grade, Review / August 7, 2012
A Monster Calls by Patrick NessA Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Walker Books
Date: May 2012
215 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary
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At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting — he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments.

The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.

From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd — whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself — Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

Wow. How on earth can I review a book like this? How can I possibly put into words all the emotions this unbelievable story put me through and do it justice? The answer of course is that I can’t. All I can do is plead with anyone who reads this review that you NEED to read this book. Please, please PLEASE just read it. Its outstanding, breathtaking and if I could award it a thousand stars I truly would. read more

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