A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2013
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Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.
Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio ; Prince Frederick, MD : Distributed by Recorded Books, [2013], ℗2011
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781455899166
Branch Call Number: / TALK NESS CD
Characteristics: 4 audio discs (4 hr., 1 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 CD-ROM
Alternative Title: Monster calls


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IndyPL_SteveB Nov 24, 2018

This moving short novel was the winner of many British children’s literature awards. Conor’s mother is dying. Conor knows it but won’t admit it or talk about it. His parents are divorced and his father has moved to America with his new wife. His own depression has led him to become practically a non-person at school, even to his best friend. Conor has been having terrible nightmares about his mother; but one evening they seem to get worse as the giant yew tree in his yard turns into a monster that invades his room and terrifies him. Over several weeks, the monster occasionally shows up, stating that he will tell Conor three stories and then Conor must tell him a fourth story – the truth.

The plot of this novel is simple but the emotional weight is complex and powerful.

samdog123 Jan 10, 2014

A really great read and one that makes you think about mind over matter. Middle-schooler, Connor O'Malley, copes with his Mother's terminal illness, bullying at school and his relationship with his Grandmother and absentee Father. Psychology and fantasy become one as Connor works through the problems in his life. A short book on compact disc with an excellent reader. Some mature themes here, so best for teens.


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