A Monster Calls (Paperback)
  • A Monster Calls (Paperback)

A Monster Calls (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 02/02/2012
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The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do…
“Go away” Conor whispered into the darkness of his bedroom, trying to push the nightmare back, not let it follow him into the world of waking. “Go away now.”’

But Conor is mistaken, it isn’t the monster he’s been expecting, the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is in his back garden, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild.

And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

A book about stories and myths, about courage and loss and the fear of loss, A Monster Calls is storytelling at its richest, most essential and best.

Twice Carnegie Medal-winning Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final idea of much-loved Carnegie Medal winner Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself, beautifully illustrated by Jim Kay.

Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel of coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults, and the only book to win both the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal.

‘I felt – and feel – as if I’ve been handed a baton, like a particularly fine writer has given me her story and said, “Go. Run with it. Make trouble.”… And now it’s time to hand the baton on to you. Stories don’t end with the writers, however many started the race. Here’s what Siobhan and I came up with. So go. Run with it.
Make trouble.’ – Patrick Ness

‘Compelling … powerful and impressive.’ - Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials

‘Electrifying.’ – The Telegraph

‘Brave and beautiful, full of compassion, A Monster Calls fuses the painful and insightful, the simple and profound. The result trembles with life.’ – Independent

Taking his characters – and readers – everywhere from the depths of consciousness to other worlds and further, to worlds beyond death, Patrick Ness is one of the most startlingly original and thought-provoking contemporary writers. His mantelpiece must already be groaning under the weight of his many awards; accolades that include the Carnegie Medal (which he’s won twice), the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Red House Book Award and the Booktrust Teenage Prize. His novels include the bestselling trilogy Chaos Walking, More Than This, The Rest of Us Just Live Here and The Crane Wife.

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781406339345
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 210 x 160 x 10 mm


Moving and compelling . . . outstanding writing The East Anglian Times A haunting narrative dominated by symbol and atmosphere -- Robert Dunbar Irish Times Incredibly thought-provoking and emotional . . . a complete stunner of a book which I couldn't rate anything below five out of five stars. I loved it! UKYA Dark and dangerous, beautifully illustrated and even a bit hopeful. Charlie Fletcher, author of the Stoneheart trilogy emotionally powerful Daily Express "It is a novel that does not shy away from the harsh realities that we all have to face from time to time. As such, it is sometimes uncomfortable, often heart-breaking and always true. [...] A Monster Calls teaches us about the importance of confronting the truth - no matter how unpleasant or monstrous it may seem." Buckinghamshire Life Ness creates vivid characters: Conor's absent, well-meaning father, a non-traditional grandmother and the storytelling Monster, as sketched in gothic chiaroscuro by illustrator Jim Kay. Children's Books Ireland - Mind Yourself Drawing on themes of love, loss and hope, teenagers will hopefully find the rage and raw pain within the pages resonates with them. The Independent

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“Heartwarmingly Heartbreaking!!!!”

This is a beautiful little novel, with a thought provoking and heart warming storyline.
When I first went to read this book, I was expecting a sweet story about a friendly monster who arrives to help out a young boy.... More

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There’s not much to say about this novel that hasn’t already been said. It is a beautifully written and illustrated piece of work. It was very short and I managed to read it over a couple of nights but it will... More

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“A moving tale for teens”

Made all the more poignant by the circumstances of its creation, A Monster Calls details the emotional journey of a 13-year old boy whose mother is dying of cancer. The monster isn't particularly scary and exists... More

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