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A Monster Calls

Written by Patrick Ness

Illustrated by Jim Kay

Featured Books for 13+ readers Featured Books for Young Adults General Fiction

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Winner of the 2012 Carnegie Medal AND 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal. This is the first time, in the Awards 75 year history, that one book has won both prizes!

Rachel Levy chair of the 2012 CILIP Carnegie judging panel said: "A Monster Calls" is an exquisite piece of writing. It is a beautifully economical, structurally brilliant and lyrically descriptive account of a challenging episode in one child's life."

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Prize-winning Patrick Ness displays brilliant new skills of sensitivity in this hauntingly touching story of how a boy deals with the looming threat of his mother’s death from cancer. Haunted by a monster in his dreams, denied much information by his family and treated as a weirdo by his class mates and a ‘special case’ by his teachers, Conor struggles to get to grips with the devastating emotions which threaten to overwhelm him.

How he finds the courage and strength to face the end when it happens is both utterly shattering and deeply satisfying. 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.

Winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2012.

Winner of the Galaxy Children's Book of the Year Award 2011

A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection.

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A Monster Calls Synopsis

This is 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.

A Monster Calls Press Reviews

'exceptional.. this is storytelling as it should be - harrowing, lyrical and transcendent.' Meg Rosoff

"[It] has the thrills and ambition you would expect from the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy. It's also easy to trace Dowd's influence ... an extraordinarily beautiful book" Frank Cottrell Boyce, The Guardian

"Ness, like Dowd, is a brilliant and acclaimed creator of books for older children and young adults, but the two novelists' voices, their concerns, their styles, are quite different. Many people – myself included – thought this a peculiar piece of casting. Well, shows how much I know ... 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, The Independent

"Stunningly illustrated, 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

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ISBN: 9781406361803
Publication date: 07/05/2015
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406339345
Publication date: 02/02/2012
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406311525
Publication date: 02/05/2011
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406339345
Publication date: 2nd February 2012
Author: Patrick Ness
Illustrator: Jim Kay
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 216 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: General Fiction
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners, Carnegie Greenaway

About Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness was born on an army base called Fort Belvoir, near Alexandria, Virginia, in the United States. His father was a drill sergeant in the US Army. He lived in Hawaii until he was almost six, spent the ten years after that in suburban Washington state, and then on to Los Angeles, where he studied English Literature at the University of Southern California. His main job after graduating was as corporate writer at a cable company, writing manuals, form letters and speeches and once even an advertisement for the Gilroy, California Garlic Festival (this is true). If you're American ...

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