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Book Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

a_monster_callsThe 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. 

A Monster Calls is the story of thirteen-year-old Conor O’Malley, whose mother is undergoing treatment for cancer. His mother’s terminal illness provides a stark backdrop for Conor’s story, and the reason for the appearance of the ‘monster’ at his bedroom window.

This book is as beautiful as it is harrowing.

It is a story that centres around the pain of losing someone you love to terminal illness. Patrick Ness is credited as stating that A Monster Calls is a story “about loss, but also the fear of loss, and there’s not a person in the world – young or old – who hasn’t experienced that.” (Link)

This is a story about grief, about guilt, and about the importance of admitting the truth. It is about facing your monsters: the real ones at your window, and the ones of your nightmares.

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 15

Day 15: First “chapter book” you can remember reading as a child

Sorry for the lateness, once again! In the middle of assignments, and my head is filled with vision statements and 21st century learning rather than books. But here we go! I’ll try to push through a few today! 🙂

Temmi and the Flying Bears – Stephen Elboz

This book was probably my first real introduction to the worlds of fantasy. Clearly, I loved it. I can remember finding this book, way back in Primary School, and buying it for a friend’s birthday present. Only thing was, I loved the look and sound of it so much that I made my mum buy two copies, just so that I could read it too. All these years later, I don’t really remember what the story was about, except that there were flying bears and lots of ice. But I do remember it as one of the first chapter books that I read all on my own, and that’s something! And what an introduction to fantasy!

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Book Review: Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

I’ve recently finished re-reading a book that has been sitting untouched on my shelves for over twelve years. The last time I read Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian (first published 1981), I was around ten years old and it had such an impact on me that I couldn’t sleep properly for over a week.

"Goodnight Mister Tom"

Aimed at younger readers, Goodnight Mister Tom focuses on the relationship between nine year old William “Willie” Beech and Tom Oakley, a sixty-something widower living in a small town in the English countryside. It is September 1939 and Willie, along with thousands of other children, has been evacuated from London to the countryside, fleeing from the threat of World War II.

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