The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.
- opening lines
The monster says that Conor is the one who called him. But Conor doesn't understand - if the monster isn't here to save his mother, then why? The monster tells Conor three stories and then asks Conor to tell his truth. Conor's truth is the one thing he doesn't want to face. Conor's mother has cancer and is undergoing treatment. Conor feels like he is invisible at school and he is feeling many different emotions that he doesn't know how to deal with. Conor's grandmother comes to help, but Conor feels like she just makes things worse.
This is an amazing story. It deals with the difficult subject of terminal illness and the emotions all family members face in this situation, especially children. The monster is a great character and the stories he tells have meanings even though Conor has difficulty figuring them out.
Conor is going through such a difficult time and I really felt for him. I understood his anger and just wanted to give him a hug. The people around Conor want to help him, but they really don't know how. I think that happens a lot in these situations because like Conor, people don't always know what they want or need.
I haven't seen the movie yet, but I'm planning to. If it is anything like the book, I will like it, but I'm not getting my hopes up.
This is a cute graphic novel by the same author who brought us Sisters, Smile, and Drama.
The students in our Elementary school library love Telgemeier's books. This book brings up some serious issues including childhood cystic fibrosis, death, and fear. But the tone of the story isn't too serious.
Cat is upset about moving and worried about her younger sister Maya. But at the same time, Cat wants to be able to do her own thing without feeling guilty. Cat is sad about leaving her friends and moving to a new place and then she finds out the new town is filled with ghosts. She is angry and terrified at the same time. Celebrating the Day of the Dead helps Cat get more in touch with her feelings and her Mexican heritage.
This is a cute story with bright, colorful illustrations. It is aimed at the middle-grade student, probably 3rd thru 8th grade, depending on reading level. I like the way Telgemeier approaches serious issues in a way that kids understand and enjoy.
I read this book for my Graphic Novels class. :)
Imagine a first world war where the English have recruited mediums and devised a method to have soldiers report intelligence from their dying moments before moving on. Of course, the Germans are trying to figure out the secret of how they do this, and this is the basis for the plot of the novel. Ginger Stuyvesant is an American heiress who is one of these mediums.
It was a quick read and I liked it overall but I can’t say that I ever really got fully absorbed by it. Little things kept distracting me. I’m not entirely sure whether they were even problems, exactly. Just little period details that made me wonder whether things would have happened quite like that. Maybe they would have. I do think the title could have been better.
Anyway, I read this for the booklikes-opoly Water Works square on a gamble since that one says to “Read a book with water on the cover, or where someone turns on the waterworks (i.e., cries) because of an emotional event.” I got lucky, and there were a few instances of people crying, usually as a result of a death. This wasn’t emotional weeping but more subdued crying, the kind that you just can’t seem to help, but I think it counts.
At 299 pages, this nets me another $6 for my bank, leaving with a current total of $156.
187 of 299 pages (63 %)
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