A Monster Calls
A novel by Patrick Ness
Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd
Illustrated by Jim Kay
The story of a boy whose mother is dying of cancer, its themes of grief, family and truth are powerful and inspiring.
When his mother's treatment begins, so does Conor's nightmare.
It comes to life in the shape of a monster, who wants something that Conor does not know how to give: the truth.
Readers will connect with Conor's fear because it is their own fear.
His growing understanding of the truth -- thanks in part to the monster, his grandmother and an old friend -- will resonate with all who experience the story.
From spiteful boy to healed young man, Conor becomes an inspiring character that will have readers of all ages writing their own stories of strength and resilience.
Meet Author Patrick Ness
Wednesday, November 18, 7 p.m.
Smart’s Mill Middle School
850 North King Street, Leesburg, VA
Book sale and signing to follow.
Ashburn Library: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. (Adults)/Thursday Nov. 12, 7 p.m. (Adults)/Monday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. (Grades 6-8)
Brambleton Community Center: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m.
Cascades Library: Monday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m.
Gum Spring Library: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 4:30 p.m. (Grades 6-8)
Lovettsville Library: Monday, Nov. 16, 1 p.m./Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.
Middleburg Library: Monday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m.
Purcellville Library: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
Rust Library: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m./Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.
Sterling Library: Thursday, Nov. 12, 11:15 a.m./Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m.
A countywide reading program that promotes community dialogue and understanding through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book.
Sponsored by the Irwin Uran Gift Fund