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A Monster Calls by. Patrick Ness. Inspired by an idea from. Siobhan Dowd. Illustrations by Jim Kay. CANDLEWICK PRESS DISCUSSION GUIDE. ABOUT THE. An extraordinarily moving novel about coming to terms with cepcosojurre.cf monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Conor's been. Editorial Reviews. Review. There's no denying it: this is one profoundly sad story. But it's also.

I love the atmosphere, and I guess that's what I wanted to contribute. If I'd been left alone I would have avoided all of the key scenes, I was nervous about dealing with them, but Ben was fantastic in giving the book structure and, thankfully, insisting that I should tackle the explosive, energetic elements of the book.


Plot[ edit ] Thirteen-year-old Conor O'Malley awakens from the same nightmare he has been experiencing for the past few months, "the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming". At seven minutes after midnight "" , a voice calls to him from outside his bedroom window, which overlooks an old church and its graveyard sheltered by a yew tree.

Good grief: bereavement literature for young adults and A Monster Calls.

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 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, and if it is not true, the monster will eat him. The monster continues to meet Conor to tell its stories, almost always at am or pm, which all involve other occasions the monster was summoned.

Between its tales, which aim to demonstrate the complications inherent in humans, it is revealed that Conor's mother is undergoing chemotherapy and has been afflicted with terminal cancer for the past year.

Conor is isolated and alone. His flaky father uses his new family in the US as an excuse to be detached and unsupportive. His distant relationship with his pushy and cold grandmother provides no comfort either. Conor is a victim of bullying at school and he has distanced himself from all social contact other than that of the monster.

As the story progresses, his mother's condition worsens and Conor's encounters with the monster have escalating consequences.

The story also mentions an alleged "Pit Monster" and "Sky Monster". 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's about to fall off a cliff.

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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 didn't have to suffer, he wouldn't feel so isolated, and to end the pain for both of them.

By doing so, Conor could finally let his mother go. At , the time the monster usually arrived, Conor's mother passed, and so did all their pain. The Four Stories[ edit ] The first story An old king who has lost his entire family, except a young grandson, remarries a beautiful young woman many claim to be a witch.

He dies before the young prince has come of age, leaving the step-grandmother as regent. She rules well and fairly, but—not wanting to hand over the kingdom—plots to marry the prince and remain queen. The prince , who has a lover, runs away with his chosen bride, planning to flee to the neighboring kingdom.

There they will marry and wait out the time until he's of age to claim the throne. They stop and sleep under the yew tree the monster , but in the morning, the young woman is dead, having been murdered, and the shocked young prince is covered in blood. He reasons to the villagers that the queen must have killed his bride out of jealousy in order to keep her throne.

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Enraged, the commoners rally around the prince to storm the castle, and the monster follows. They capture the queen and condemn her to burn at the stake. The monster arrives to snatch her from the fire and carry her away to a far-off land where she lives out the rest of her life.

While disagreeable and a witch, she was not the one who had killed the girl. The prince had murdered her under the yew tree in order to inspire his people to back him into overthrowing the queen. This story also discusses the need for humans to lie to themselves, such as the prince who wholeheartedly believes that the queen is responsible for his fiance's death despite her being murdered by his hand, and their willingness to believe those lies for their own comfort and happiness.

The second story A greedy, ill-tempered apothecary who follows the old traditions and beliefs constantly pesters a parson to allow him to cut down the yew tree in the church yard and use it for medicinal ingredients. The story confuses Conor; it is not clear who is good or bad in the story, and the Monster reminds him that life, stories, and people are all this way: neither all good nor all bad, but a mix of both.

The boys at the school still pick at him, but he welcomes it. This is why he rejects her friendship.

At the Monster visits and tells him the second tale, about an apothecary and a parson. She returns home and rather than punish him, finishes the job in tears. At school, the bully and his friends decide to ignore Conor rather than beat on him, and this is somehow worse.

In the dream state, the Monster beats the other boy, making himself seen. However, eventually Conor realizes that it was he who beat up the boy, and he is taken to the headmistress who will not punish him because of what is going on at home.

Conor learns from the Monster that even though Conor made himself seen through his violence, his fellow students start to ignore him.

A few days pass with no improvement in his mother; she develops an infection in her lungs and sleeps most of the time. He is pulled from school to see his mother, who is not responding to treatment.This is true for the second story and the third; in each of them, Conor participates and gets involved. This novel has been very popular and is going to be made into a film; it is a novel of bereavement in which a monster plays the role of a helper in order to ease in the process of healing.

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Thus, Ness has tried to portray a marginalized young adult, who is little by little empowered and ready to face the realities of life. This book was so good and so important.

The Monster responds that he came to heal Conor, not his mother. His flaky father uses his new family in the US as an excuse to be detached and unsupportive. He was my dad; the guy that got up every morning early just to tell me that he loved me. A Monster Calls: You should cry.. And I learned from A Monster Calls that it's okay to be selfish like that, because you need to be able to say that you want to hold onto the people you love most before you can truly let go.