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"A Monster Calls"

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on 21 May 2013

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A Monster Calls Book Trailer Three Stories The Second Tale The First Tale The Third Tale The Final Tale When The Monster comes walking to Conor, he tells him that he will tell him three stories. After the three tales are told, Conor will have to tell the monster his own story, the one Conor is terrified of: The truth... His nightmare. Characters Patrick Ness The Green Man The monster who answered Conor's call for help. He takes the form as the yew tree behind Conor's house and is as old as time itself and thus has many names, but is referred to throughout the book as "The Monster" or "The Green Man." Connor O'Malley The protagonist of the book. Thirteen years of age, he is forced to raise himself while he deals with the fact that his mother has cancer, though his hope in the medicines the doctors give her never falters. He is tormented every night by a reoccurring nightmare and, later, by a monster who insists that Conor has called on him. Mum Conor's mother, who has had cancer for a good long while now. She is fighting hard, but the new medicine doesn't seem to be working... Lily Andrews Conor's best friend since childhood. She let out the secret that Conor's mom has cancer, causing everyone to treat Conor as if he has a disease. Needless to say, he is angry with her. Harry The school bully who has been assaulting Conor since he first began having his nightmare. He is a minor character, but his character is extremely interesting. The Meaning The Meaning Much to Conor's frustration, this story's meaning was as convoluted as the last one's, and its moral was similar as well: Sometimes the good do stupid things (the parson not giving the apothecary the yew tree when he first asked) and they must pay for those mistakes. The Meaning This story was much shorter than the other two, and it actually took place in real time, through Conor. It resulted in him beating Harry to a pulp, breaking his arm, his nose, and knocking out a good many teeth. The Scene This story tells of a king who marries a foreign queen after his wife dies. His new wife rules his kingdom after he dies until his grandson (his only heir) is old enough to rule. When the prince approaches the age, he realizes that the queen is not willing to relinquish her power so easily, so he runs off with his new wife and vows to return the day of his 18th birthday. The Conflict On the first night of their escape, the prince and his new wife lie down to sleep under a yew tree, the prince waits for his bride to fall asleep and then he KILLS her. When he sees the angry peasants coming toward them, he blames his bride's death on the evil queen. The villagers rally to burn the queen at the stake, but The Green Man intervenes and saves the evil (but innocent) queen. The Conflict This story tells of a cruel, greedy apothecary (medicine man) who refuses to heal a parson's two dying daughters because the parson refused to give the apothecary the yew tree that he so desired for its incredible healing powers. The daughters die and, instead of punishing the apothecary, The Green Man demolishes the parson's home. The Consequences While the monster was demolishing the parson's house, the story leaked into the real world and resulted in Conor releasing his pent up anger on his grandma's sitting room. He ended up destroying every single thing in the room. His grandma wouldn't talk to him for weeks. The Conflict This story tells of a man who is invisible, but does not wish to be. In order to be seen, he calls on the strength of The Green Man and makes sure he never goes unnoticed again. The Consequences After Conor sent Harry to the emergency room, the whole school avoided him even more than they had previously. Except Lily. At the same time, Conor's mum was sinking deeper and deeper into her sickness. They had one hope left: a medicine made from yew trees. Dad The Nightmare This is the story that The Monster told Conor that he must tell him after he has told his three tales. The Monster thrusts Conor straight into the middle of his nightmare and will not let him out until he has told his story. Conor is willing to DIE just to not have to tell his truth. The Scene In the nightmare, Conor's mother is standing on the edge of a cliff. Suddenly, the ground beings to shake and a hand rears out of the chasm and grabs his mother. After being unable to move, Conor is released from his frozen position and he runs to catch his mother before she is lost, just managing to to grab her hands. Now it is him against the shadow. Conor's father and mother are divorced. His father lives in America with his new wife and family. He and Conor have been steadily growing apart, with phone calls and visits becoming few and far between. This story twisted this way and that, its meaning never very clear, but when all was said and done, the moral was something akin to this: Sometimes the wicked are not the villains and sometimes the virtuous will do terrible things for just reasons. The Result The monster wins. Conor's mother is pulled into the abyss. After the The Green Man presses Conor for the truth (literally pressing him, almost suffocating him), Conor reveals that he let his mother go, that he can't take the torturous waiting any longer. In Conclusion... I am NOT going to reveal the actual ending of this book. Go read it! It actually won the 2012 Carnegie Medal for most outstanding children’s book AND the Kate Greenaway Medal for its illustrations. Both very well deserved in my opinion! Sources Video: http://www.youtube(dot)com/watch?v=iEX5g6c7ueE Website: http://www.barnesandnoble(dot)com/w/monster-calls-patrick-ness/1100092978?ean=9780763660659 Blog: http://bitethebook(dot)com/2013/03/30/patrick-ness-a-monster-calls/ Music: Toccata & Fugue D Minor by Tommy and the Stompers
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