A Monster Calls

“There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one.
Most people are somewhere in between." - Patrick Ness




In This Kit You’ll Find:

  • 8 copies of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • 1 copy of Brave by Stacy McAnulty
  • 1 copy of What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada
  • 1 copy of A Monster Calls DVD
  • 1 copy of A Monster Calls discussion questions (you may keep)
  • Book sign-up sheet to keep track of books (you may keep)
  • "How I am Brave" Worksheets (you may keep)
  • Coping Skills Worksheet (you may keep)

Themes for Discussion:

  • Family, Death, Loss, Self-fulfillment, Isolation, Emotional Healing, Forgiveness, Acceptance, Versions of Reality

About the Book:

Conor O'Malley is a boy dealing with his mother's battle against terminal cancer. Conor is in denial, but to make matters worse, everyone around him is also in denial about his mother's imminent death, including his mother. He begins to have a recurring nightmare in which a monster steps in to teach him how to face reality and accept the inevitable. The book addresses Conor's responses to his family trauma, loss, dreams and the truths he's hiding from himself. (Center for Literacy in Primary Education)

You’ll Like It If You Like:

Emotionally moving stories that help us heal, stories for empowering the self, and exploring how the power of stories helps us better understand the tough realities of the world, illustrated books, books to movies, & paranormal fiction

Reading Level:

Read Together, Grades 5 - 6; Read Alone, Grades 7 - 12


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Fun things To Do & Explore at Your Book Club:

  • Watch: The adaptation of A Monster Calls and/or Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Both DVDs included in kit bag)
  • Listen: To this Children's Book Podcast episode where Patrick Ness reads from A Monster Calls, talks about its origins, and answers your questions
  • Research: The monster who visits Conor has been compared to the green man. Learn more about the mythology of the green man: The Enigma of the Green Man
  • Write: In the chapter, Understanding (p 66), Lily and Conor have an argument. As a group or in small groups, re-write the chapter from Lily's perspective. Discuss if you think Lily broke Conor's trust in her. What do you think her responsibilities are in this situation?
  • Brave Readers: For all ages, complete & discuss the "How I am Brave" worksheets (included in kit bag)
  • What Do You Do with A Problem? Readers: For all ages, draw a picture of you having a problem. Flip over and draw a picture of you handling the problem. Discuss.
  • Coping Skills: For readers of all ages, a short breathing & movement activity to promote handling of strong emotions and stress (included in kit bag)

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