This book is an uncomfortable read for many reasons; the main character mother has cancer, he is being bullied at school and his dad has started a new family in another country, but most of all he feels he deserves all this and more. So the subject is sad, sad, and sadder yet the story is not.
Patrick Ness has taken an idea from Siobhan Down, combined it with gripping illustrations from Jim Kay and created a moving story of coming to terms with loss.
Synopsis: The monster showed up just aftermidnight. 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…
I loved the way the story unraveled, I loved the illustrations and I loved how beautifully and delicately it dealt with a subject which is hard to even talk about, especially in a children’s book.
I don’t know who I will recommend it to, it’s a book that should be read before recommending. I will be careful with students who are dealing with their own types of loss, I think it will make some stronger but possibly be too vivid for others, because while it is brilliant, it’s painful, lonely and very sad.