A Monster Calls

Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd

By Patrick Ness; Jim Kay (Illustrator)
(Candlewick Press (MA), Paperback, 9780763660659, 224pp.)

Publication Date: March 12, 2013

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Description
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.



About the Author
Patrick Ness is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Chaos Walking trilogy, the prize-winning novel A Monster Calls, and More Than This. He has won numerous awards, including the Carnegie Medal (twice), the Galaxy National Book Award, the Guardian Children s Fiction Prize, the Costa Children s Book Award, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, the Red House Children s Book Award, and the UKLA Book Award. He lives in London.

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