A Monster Calls
published in 2011
The Booknixie especially loves this book.


Appropriate age:
Tween/Young Teen (age 12-14)
Reading level:
Grade 5
Genres: Fiction, Horror
Subjects: Death, Family, Monsters, Parents, Social Issues


An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor. 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.

The Booknixie's Review

Meg Solley
published April 30, 2013
The Booknixie devoured this book in huge gulps. The experience of reading it was like breathing in clear, rich forest air; the book is steeped in ancient traditions and wisdom but at the same time it is sparklingly present. And heart-breakingly sad (there were Nixie tears.) This is a book for children and parents alike.
This captivating, beautifully written, and moving story is about a boy whose mother is struggling with cancer.
Once every so often you read a book that touches you so deeply that you can’t get it out of your head long after you turned the final page. A Monster Calls is one of those books.
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