A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Author), Jim Kay (Illustrator), based on an idea by Siobhan Dowd has appeared on many "best lists" this past year, including as a Cybils Finalist honor. The book has consequently been on my alert list. It has dropped, probably temporarily, to $3.49 for ebook format, so I grabbed it myself.
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting— he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd— whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself— Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.No, not folklore, but obviously has some folklore flavor and sounds stunning even if it requires some fortitude to begin to read it.