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A Monster Calls: Patrick Ness

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Grandma is fiercely protective of her daughter. She wants to take care of Conor too but they are both stubborn and find it hard to communicate. All I know is that this story moved me. It moved me on a level books rarely do and it’s one of those books you wish you never read, but at the same time you’re so glad that you actually did. Conor is called out of school to see his mother in the hospital. She admits that the yew tree treatment isn't working. He says she lied about believing it would work. She apologizes and says she did want to believe the medicine would work, but she suspects he has always known she wasn't going to get better. At home, Conor confronts the yew tree in the graveyard and demands to know why it didn't heal her. The tree says it is there to heal Conor, not his mother. The tree makes Conor enter the space of his nightmare and admit the truth of how he could have held onto his mother's hands longer but needed to let her go so as to bring about an end, not just to her suffering but to his. The grief burns inside Conor. Conor's grandmother is a real estate agent in her sixties. She briefly moves in to Conor's mother's house when the cancer treatments leave Conor's mother weak, and Conor later moves in with her. Conor dislikes how she doesn't behave like most grandmothers, as she doesn't cook, dyes her hair, and is bossy toward Conor. Harry

One of the characters in the monster’s second tale, who is described as greedy and very disagreeable. The Apothecary is a healer, and asks the parson to harvest the yew tree that grows in… The novel begins when a monster, formed from a yew tree, visits thirteen-year-old Conor O'Malley at seven minutes past midnight. Conor has just woken from a recurring nightmare in which his terminally ill mother's hands slip from his grasp. Despite the monster's imposing figure, Conor isn't afraid because it isn't the monster he truly fears—the one that visits him every night in the shape of his recurring nightmare. In the morning Conor believes the monster's visit was another dream, but his bedroom floor is covered in yew leaves. Think you've got it? Think you've worked out that the 'monster' is going to be cancer itself? Think again. Conor’s mother becomes seriously ill. Conor stops working at school and stops talking to people. He thinks that no one notices him. Conor’s maternal grandmother. Conor’s grandmother is cold and somewhat strict, and Conor doesn’t like her very much. He doesn’t understand why she tries to make herself look young and still works. At the beginning…I was very angry, then sad, then had mixed emotions in between. My main issue when I first read it was that I wanted more of an ending, or perhaps more before the ending. Maybe I wanted a different outcome because I was so hopeful for Conor. I don't know, but after reading it again, without a doubt, I know I just can't handle the truth. As a mom, my worst nightmare. With that said, I've pondered over it and feel this book deserves 5 stars. Then one night a monster visits Conor. A dream? An ancient creature that appears to those in need? Anything is possible, none of which is important. This monster is here for one purpose... to tell Conor three stories in exchange for the truth. Conor begins to learn that things aren't always as they seem and right and wrong are not so easily defined. Miss Kwan is the Head of Year for Conor's grade. She tries to get Conor to open up about what he is going through at home and on the playground with Harry and the other bullies. She is depicted as being strict and having a permanent frown. Mrs. Marl However, one can't deny that the author made this story thinking in kids and/or early teenagers, but not matter that, I think that readers of any age can enjoy this story with the same impact and purpose.

Conor’s struggles with his mother’s illness, his dislike of his grandmother, troubles at school and a brief visit from his absent father all make the situation very real and difficult. A monster calls: a novel" (first U.S. edition). Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 29 July 2012. A Monster Calls is a middle grade children's book, but it's a children's book in the way that Roald Dahl or Shel Silverstein wrote children's books--that is, the surface stories are certainly well-written and compelling, but underneath that are the themes of confusion and loneliness and sadness that elevate them to timeless works of literature. And while A Monster Calls chooses to confront its demons more literally than some other books may, it does so with such fierce intelligence and ease that it never feels didactic or forced. I enjoyed this tale, though I have to admit I wasn’t as blown away as the masses of other reviewers seemed to be. Conor’s father and the ex-husband of Conor’s mother. Conor’s mother and father divorced when Conor was seven years old, and Conor explains that he barely remembers what it’s like to have a father…Conor's mother is undergoing chemotherapy treatments throughout the novel. She has lost her hair from the treatments, and sometimes covers her bald head with scarves. Her condition worsens over the course of the book. Conor's father At seven minutes after midnight ("00:07"), a voice calls to him from outside his bedroom window, which overlooks an old church and its graveyard sheltered by a yew tree. Walking to the window, Conor meets the monster who called, a towering mass of branches and leaves formed in a human shape from the yew tree. The monster is intrigued that Conor is not afraid of it and insists that Conor summoned it. The monster wants the truth from Conor. The monster claims to be a version of the green man and warns that it will tell Conor three true stories, after which Conor must tell a story of his own, which is the truth (the events that happened in the real nightmare).

I’ve read a lot of books on tough topics, including illness and while I believe this one was done very well it didn’t stand out from among many others.At the end of the book the reader finds out why the monster has been coming and about the nightmare Conor fears: Conor holds onto his mother's arms, gripping her tightly as she is about to fall off a cliff. Conor loosens his grip, lets his mother fall purposely, though he could have held on to her longer. The monster came for Conor to confess the truth to his mother about how he wanted her to die so she did not have to suffer, he would not feel so isolated, and to end the pain for both of them. By doing so, Conor could finally let his mother go. At 00:07, the time the monster usually arrived, Conor's mother passed, and so did all their pain. Conor's tale was told.

i think this is honestly the best book about grief and coping that i have ever read. it was a wonderfully imaginative and truly insightful story. i love how it expressed such a tender subject in a really wild, but gentle, way. Books can help children to understand sad feelings. We’ve suggested some books that are excellent reads and can help children cope with tough emotions.

Conor gets bullied at school, but this doesn't really seem to bother him. Maybe it dulls the pain of what's going on with his mom.

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