Conor O'Malley is a boy with some problems. His mother is very sick with cancer; he's being bullied at school, and just last night a monster (in the shape of a yew tree) is rapping at his window, and wants to talk. What follows is an imaginatively written story of coping with grief and loss. Ness, who "inherited" the story from Siobhan Dowd (after she died of breast cancer), has a light touch, never overwriting the characters or situations. Jim Kay provides evocative black and white paintings that both illustrate and set the tone of things that show up after midnight. Found in the Young Adult section, this book would be completely appropriate for adults as well.
Phil (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)