There is no Frigate like a Book - Emily Dickinson


Awakening the Monster!
   It is a rare occasion when a book comes out that can speak to many different audiences.  A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, while considered a middle-grade novel (for readers from age 8 to 13) is accessible to readers of all ages.  Its storyline and themes present themselves on many different levels allowing each reader an individual personal connection with the morality of the story.   In short, it's a book for everyone.
   In the book we discover a Monster or what the main character (Conor) perceives it as.  But as the monster shows Conor, monsters aren't always what they seem.  
So some of the questions that arise as a result of this story are: Is Conor's monster real?  What purpose does the monster serve?  Do monsters exist?  Do we always correctly identify the real monster?
   Read a monster calls and do the exercises and activities below for a greater understanding of the English language, and yourself.



 The book trailer.  Yes of course there are trailers for books!  (The good ones anyway.)

First Chapter

Here's Liam Neeson reading the first chapter of the book. Remember, it's Liam Neeson who played the monster in the film.

Sample Chapter

Here is a sample chapter from the illustrated version of A Monster Calls!

Comprehension Question Companion Booklet

Use this workbook while you are reading A Monster Calls.

In this booklet you'll find chapter-by-chapter comprehension questions and key vocabulary.

Before beginning each chapter, look up the vocabulary words.  Next read the chapter and when you're finished, answer the questions.  Don't worry it's not a test.  If you can't answer the questions from memory, use the page number provided and find the answer.

Download the booklet in PDF here.





Movie Trailer

The teaser trailer from 2016




Create a monster! Here's a little writing activity where you can create your very own monster.