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Maria Carnovale


"A Monster Calls" appeals to all ages in its commentary on coping with diseases like cancer. 

The healing power of stories: a review of Patrick Ness’ 'A Monster Calls'

“The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.” Connor was not scared. The 13 year old boy had worse monsters to face than the ominous yew tree thrusting at his window: the malignity of school bullies, the suffocating sympathy of the teachers, a neglecting father, his mother terminally ill. Cancer corrodes these characters as the life of their originator.

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