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A book and film for teenagers about the loss of a parent

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A monster calls

A Monster Calls is a widely acclaimed book (2015) written by Patrick Ness, that was later made into a film (2016). Written for teenage readers, it is the story of a young boy Conor, who struggles with bullying and his mother’s terminal illness. Conor meets the monster, a nearby tree, who helps him understand his experiences and express his emotions.

The book and the film may be valuable in helping educators and peers to understand the inner experiences of a young person grieving the loss of a parent. This story evokes empathy and offers a starting point for understanding and discussing a difficult topic.

Ness, P., Kay, J., & Dowd, S. (2011). A monster calls: A novel (1st U.S. ed.). Somerville, Mass: Candlewick Press.