A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

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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. This book is jacketed.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 162 x 208 x 23mm | 664g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations
  • 1406311529
  • 9781406311525
  • 105,019

About Siobhan Dowd

Patrick Ness is the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy for which he has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the Costa Children's Book Award. He was also twice shortlisted for the Carnegie medal. Patrick has written two other books for adults and is a literary critic for the Guardian. He lives in London. Siobhan Dowd lived in Oxford with her husband, Geoff, before tragically dying from cancer in August 2007, aged 47. She was both an extraordinary writer and an extraordinary person.
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240,205 ratings
4.34 out of 5 stars
5 55% (131,025)
4 30% (72,746)
3 11% (26,413)
2 3% (6,576)
1 1% (3,445)

Our customer reviews

I have heard quite positive things regarding Patrick Ness linked to his Chaos Walking Series ( which I have not read yet). However, I soon found out about another book he had written a Monster Call's, the title did not intrigued me one bit. However, I have seen quite a few positive reviews about it and the cover and decided to learn more about it. Indeed the description on the cover just enthralled me and I decided I had to read it. I a very much enjoy fairy tells and myth. This description gave me this sence of foreboding with a glimpse of fairy tale stale. The writing style continue in this manner as we learned more about Conor and the "Monster". Very interesting and moving story, that will make you think in the process. I have not read of Sionhan Down before but am now intrigued to look at the premise of her other stories and I am looking foward to reading another Patrick Ness Novel. I highly recommend to any fairy tale lovers :)show more
by Seraphine
I tried not to get myself hyped up for this book and didn't really look into what it was about, I just started to read and I'm glad that's what I did. I don't really know what to say about this book because I feel as though it is something that you have to experience for yourself. It made me cry. Not just a few tears either, but quite hysterically - it made my stomach turn and it felt truly heart wrenching. That may sound overdramatic, but it's not - the emotions that this book stirred inside me were extremely strong. The subject matter, loss and grief, is very poignant and Ness has managed to handle it almost perfectly. Conor is a very authentic and well developed character. I could really connect with him and felt what he was going through. The writing was beautiful and vivid - along with the fantastic illustrations, I was thrown into Conor and the monster's world, like I was there with them, struggling through the visions and nightmares. I think anybody who has lost someone that they love will relate to this. It pulls up memories and the deepest, hidden emotions. For me, it felt as though some of my silent thoughts were being revealed on paper. This is a truly special book and I can see that it could really help a lot of people who have gone through, or are going through, loss of a loved one. The fact that the story was based on Siobhan Dowd's idea, who unfortunately passed away before it's writing, just makes it even more emotive and real. Ness has certainly done this story justice. A true treasure.show more
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