A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
A Novel (Movie Tie-in): Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd

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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 Patrick Ness

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Patrick Ness is the author of A Monster Calls and More Than This, both of which were awarded the Carnegie Medal, as well as the critically acclaimed and best-selling Chaos Walking trilogy. Among the numerous awards he has received are the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. Born in Virginia, he lives in London.Siobhan Dowd spent twenty years as a human rights campaigner before her first novel, A Swift Pure Cry, was published in 2006. She won the Carnegie Medal posthumously in 2009 after her death from breast cancer, in 2007.Jim Kay is the illustrator of Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls as well as The Great War: Stories Inspired by Items from the First World War, an anthology of short stories. Jim Kay studied illustration and worked in the archives of the Tate Gallery and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, two experiences that have influenced his work. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Published August 2, 2016 by Candlewick. 240 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction