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

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Published: 07/05/2015
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A seminal YA novel with an illustrious literary pedigree behind it, A Monster Calls was the brainchild of Siobhan Dowd who tragically died before she could write it. In the hands of Patrick Ness, Dowd’s vision becomes a haunting, elegiac work about terminal illness, hope and desperation. Dark, moving and packed with electrifying imagery, A Monster Calls is simply unforgettable reading.

The bestselling novel and major film about love, loss and hope from the twice Carnegie Medal-winning Patrick Ness.

Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don't quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there's a visitor at his window. It's ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Patrick Ness takes the final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd and weaves an extraordinary and heartbreaking tale of mischief, healing and above all, the courage it takes to survive.

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781406361803
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 218 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

This award-winning, uncompromising novel is a valuable read for older children struggling to understand life’s unavoidable trials. - Time Out

Powerfully felt, this is stylistically Ness’s book, but communicates Dowd-like wisdom. Both realistic and magical, it is a fable about the complexity of our emotions, giving us permission to feel anger and illuminating the nature of loss. - Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

A Monster Calls takes Dowd's preliminary idea, and draws out of that bud a tale that has nothing of the hybrid about it. Received wisdom dictates that books published for children need endings that are, if not exactly happy, then at least hopeful. A happy ending would have been a betrayal of the kind of bracingly honest book this is, but hope can be hard to come by in such a story. Here the desperate honesty and refusal to compromise do allow for a sort of brutal clarity to emerge, and from that finally a glimpse of something like hope. Brave and beautiful, full of compassion, A Monster Calls fuses the painful and insightful, the simple and profound. The result trembles with life. - Daniel Hahn, Independent

Award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd died of cancer before she could write this book, but the choice of Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking Trilogy) to take her idea and create this heartbreaking story was inspired. It is an intensely raw but emotionally rewarding rite-of-passage for young teenager Conor, whose divorced mum is dying of cancer. Using folklore stories to illustrate that good and bad are all part of the whole, the tree monster drags the reluctant Conor to confront his own demons and, in doing so, to face the future. The conclusion is brave, honest and a huge release. […] this haunting and demanding book shines with compassion, insight and flashes of humour and is a collaboration that highlights the exceptional talents of Ness, Dowd and Kay. A worthy tribute. - Sally Morris, Daily Mail

Electrifying and hugely readable, it feels like a genuine act of authorial kindness when the gut-wrenching ending conveys a glimmer of redemption. - Daily Telegraph

definitely one of my favourite books of the year - Guardian, Malorie Blackman

Featured in the i’s piece ‘30 Children's and YA Books for Families to Enjoy During Lockdown’. - i

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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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“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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“A Monster Calls”

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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