A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness, Jim Kay I absolutely loved this book. Ness tackled a difficult subject for both children and adults alike using engaging prose and powerful symbolism. Dare I say this novel helped this 33 year-old come to terms with the same feelings Conor (the main character) had when this same "monster" appeared in my life six years ago? The illustrations and short chapters make this book a quick, but stirring read. I highly recommend it.