A Monster Calls
An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd--whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself--Ness has spun a haunti... read full description below.
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|Library of Congress
||England, Mothers and sons, Single-parent families, Schools, Self-actualization (Psychology)
||Young Adult General Interest & Leisure
Description of this Book
An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor. 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.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
Commended for L.A. Times Book Prize (Young Adult Literature) 2011
Commended for Texas Lone Star Reading List 2012
Commended for Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (Fourteen and Up) 2012
Commended for Indies Choice Book Awards (Young Adult) 2012
Commended for Cybils (Fantasy/Sci-Fi/ELM/Midgr) 2011
||Powerful and impressive. The story behind the book is fascinating and moving too, the idea coming to life in the safe hands of Patrick Ness-- a vivid example of how stories live on. -Philip Pullman <br> Patrick Ness has turned his exceptional talent to the subject of loss... This is storytelling as it should be (and almost enver is) -- harrowing, lyrical, and transcendent. - Meg Rosoff <br> I never got to meet Siobhan Dowd. I only know her through her superb books: four electric young adult novels, two published in her lifetime, two after her too-early death. This would have been her fifth book. She had the characters, a premise, and a beginning. What she didn't have, unfortunately, was time. When I was asked if I would consider turning her work into a book, I hesitated. What I wouldn't do-- what I couldn't do-- was write a novel mimicking her voice. But almost before I could help it, Siobhan's ideas were suggesting new ones to me, and I began to feel that itch that every writ
Patrick Ness is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Chaos Walking trilogy. He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children's Book Award. Born in Virginia, he lives in London. Siobhan Dowd spent twenty years as a human rights campaigner for PEN and Amnesty International before her first novel, A Swift Pure Cry, was published in 2006. She won the Carnegie Medal posthumously in 2009 after her death at the age of forty-seven. Jim Kay studied illustration and worked in the archives of the Tate Gallery and the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, two experiences that heavily influence his work. His images for A Monster Calls use everything from beetles to breadboards to create interesting marks and textures. Jim Kay lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.