Conor has had the same nightmare every night since his mother began her treatments. But one night he wakes up to a different dream: a monster has come calling. The monster wants to tell him three stories, and in exchange Conor must tell the true story of his nightmare. Conor scoffs, but as his mother worsens, he begins to see how the truest stories are the hardest to tell.
Oh wow, this was beautiful. A heartbreaking near-perfect jewel of a book, which handles tough subjects while holding on to 13-year-old boy humor. It deals honestly with some of the toughest questions: why do bad things happen, and how do we deal with them without losing ourselves? Anybody who thinks of middle grade literature as facile or black-and-white should take a look at this book.
A friend asked me for suggestions about books that should be made into movies just as I started reading this, and I couldn’t stop thinking of it as a Where the Wild Things Are-esque film. I think it would be gorgeous.
ARC acquired by Arianna of Wandering Librarians at ALA