A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness, Jim Kay Really great - the illustrations in this book are amazing and the story is really moving. I can see touches of Siobhan Dowd's real life in the inspiration for this book and I think Patrick Ness did an amazing job bringing her vision to life after her untimely death in 2009.Conor is 13, his mom is sick, his dad has a new family and is totally absent, and his grandma is completely overbearing. His teachers and classmates treat him like a leper because they know his mom is sick. So, when a monster shows up at his bedroom window at 12:07 in the middle of the night, he's too worn down by life to be scared. The monster tells him that he's been called to tell Conor three stories, and that when the stories are done, Conor has to tell him the truth. Conor doesn't understand what the monster means, but he learns what's important in the end.This is a great book and I highly recommend it to everyone.