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A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness

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Published: 1st April 2012
For Ages: 12+ years old
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An extraordinarily moving novel about coming to terms with loss.

The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. 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... The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

Costa Award winner 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. 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.

About the Author

Patrick Ness is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling Chaos Walking trilogy. He has won numerous awards including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, the Costa Children's Book Award and the Carnegie Medal. He lives in London. Siobhan Dowd was the widely-loved, prize-winning author of four books, two of which were published after her death from cancer, aged 47. In 2009, she became the first author ever posthumously awarded the Carnegie Medal.

About the Illustrator

Jim Kay studied illustration and worked in the archives of the Tate Gallery and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, two experiences that heavily influence his work. His images for A Monster Calls use everything from beetles to bread boards to create interesting marks and textures.

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    Comments about A Monster Calls:

    This book may be an easy read, but its defiantly worth reading. This is a gripping book that will really tug on your heart strings, this book involves some really deep things such as bulling, sickness, parent trouble (divorce) and loss.

     
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      Comments about A Monster Calls:

      A great novel.... my students loved it! Now eagerly awaiting the movie!!!

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      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

      Patrick Ness

      Patrick Ness is the author of nine books: 2 novels for adults (The Crash of Hennington and The Crane Wife), 1 short story collection for adults (Topics About Which I Know Nothing) and 6 novels for young adults (The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, Monsters of Men, A Monster Calls, More Than This and The Rest of Us Just Live Here). 

      For these books, he has won the Carnegie Medal twice, the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Red House Book Award, the Jugendliteratur Preis, the UKLA Award, the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the fabulous, fabulous, fabulous Jim Kay also won the Greenaway for his illustrations in A Monster Calls. He also writes screenplays, including for the movie version of A Monster Calls starring Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones, out October 2016. 

      To read Patrick’s revealing answers to the Booktopia Book Guru’s TEN TERRIFYING QUESTIONS…and to leave a comment - CLICK HERE

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      ISBN: 9781406339345
      ISBN-10: 1406339342
      Audience: Children
      For Ages: 12+ years old
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 216
      Published: 1st April 2012
      Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 20.7 x 16.1  x 1.6
      Weight (kg): 0.48