A Monster Calls

The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He expected 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, is something quite different. Something ancient; something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

In this powerful novel about coming to terms with loss, Patrick Ness – the Carnegie Medal-winning author of the Chaos Walking trilogy – spins a tale from the final idea of Carnegie Medal winner Siobhan Dowd, whose early death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, it is a truly extraordinary work from two of our finest writers for young adults, illustrated with Jim Kay’s atmospheric, menace-laden drawings.

Winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal.

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    This book made me cry therefore it is a very emotional book. It is very moving and is defiantly worth reading.

    23 December 2014

  • Really moving, a story about coming to terms with your nightmares.

    9 March 2014

  • A perfect modern fairy tale but not the one you would expect:an old and twisted kind of fairy tale. The darkly elegant illustrations complement the story beautifully. Very compelling, this book will touch your heart.

    7 March 2014

  • A good book that stays with you forever. Five stars!

    20 October 2013

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    Patrick Ness

    Patrick Ness is the multi award-winning author of the Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls.

    Awards

    Patrick Ness has twice won the Carnegie Medal for Monsters of Men and A Monster Calls. He has also won a number of other major awards including the Booktrust Teenage Prize, the Guardian Children’s Book Prize, the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Galaxy Book of the Year and the Red House Prize.

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    Jim Kay

    Jim Kay is the illustrator of the 2012 Carnegie/Greenaway winner A Monster Calls.

    Awards

    Jim Kay was awarded the 2012 Kate Greenaway Award for A Monster Calls.

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