A moving and heartbreakingly honest modern fairy tale.
Recommended grade level: 6 and up; maybe older for sensitive readers
Pages: 216 (for ISBN 9781406311525)
Genre(s) and keywords: fantasy, (light) horror, drama, British import, Europe (England), Kylie’s Favorites
Tone/Style: mysterious, sad
Pace: moderate to fast
Topics: monsters, fables, ill parents
Themes: being honest with oneself, death, acceptance, grief and loss, denial, change, moving on, family
Summary: The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming… The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.