A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
When Conor wakes up at 12:07, he’s glad to be out of the nightmare. Then the monster comes. The yew tree behind his house has pulled itself up and come to pay a visit. At first, Conor assumes this is just a new, different kind of nightmare. But that doesn’t explain the yew leaves and berries he finds in his bedroom night after night. When he finally confronts the monster, who isn’t that scary compared to his real nightmare, Conor is surprised to find it wants to tell him three stories. So he listens to what the monster has to say—and his life will never be the same again.
This tale of loss, truths, and healing will appeal to readers in middle school and up who enjoy stories that really make you think.