A Monster Calls
by Patrick Ness
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.
Beginning October 1, free copies are available at:
• all library branches
• the County Government Building in Leesburg
• through Outreach services
Meet Author Patrick Ness
Wednesday, November 18, 7 p.m.
Smart’s Mill Middle School
850 North King Street, Leesburg, VA