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A Monster Calls
by Patrick Ness
A Monster Calls Chapter 24 Summary
Punishment Conor's in the headmistress' office because he put Harry in the hospital with a broken arm, nose, and teeth. Yikes. Harry's parents, of course, are furious, but Miss Kwan has explained to them that Harry was bullying Conor because of Conor's "special" circumstances. When Harry's parents heard about the bullying, Miss Kwan tells Conor, they backed off. After all, Harry can't get into a good college if he has accusations of bullying on his record. The headmistress says that's not the point. She can't even figure out how one boy could have caused so much destruction all by himself. While the monster was beating Harry, it was screaming, "Never invisible again." Then it told Conor there were worse things than being invisible, dropped a few leaves on the floor, and disappeared. Conor tells the headmistress it wasn't him, it was the monster. But understandably, that's not good enough for her. The rules say that Conor has to be expelled. Which comes as a relief to Conor—finally he's being punished. He's being seen. Not so fast. The headmistress decides instead that expelling him would do no good. They'll talk more about him beating up Harry someday, but not now. And nobody speaks to Conor for the rest of the day. We guess he'll have to stay invisible just a little while longer.
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