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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 the Author

Patrick Ness is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Chaos Walking trilogy. He has won numerous awards, including 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 for PEN and Amnesty International before her first novel, A SWIFT PURE CRY, was published in 2006. She won the Carnegie Medal posthumously in 2009 after her death at the age of forty-seven.

Jim Kay studied illustration and worked in the archives of the Tate Gallery and the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, two experiences that heavily influence his work. His images for A MONSTER CALLS use everything from beetles to breadboards to create interesting marks and textures. Jim Kay lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Leanne in MT, March 20, 2015 (view all comments by Leanne in MT)
Such a great book- just left me speechless. The book opens up how people deal with grief and how a great loss changes you. It resonated with me even though my most recent loss was quite some time ago. This is a book that you may think "kids can't handle", but it is perfect for teens and tweens because it does not pander; it is honest and captures how much of a struggle loss can be, and how to get through it.
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Leanne in MT, March 20, 2015 (view all comments by Leanne in MT)
Such a great book- just left me speechless. The book opens up how people deal with grief and how a great loss changes you. It resonated with me even though my most recent loss was quite some time ago. This is a book that you may think "kids can't handle", but it is perfect for teens and tweens because it does not pander; it is honest and captures how much of a struggle loss can be, and how to get through it.
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Kathrine P, October 27, 2014 (view all comments by Kathrine P)
For months Conor has faced difficulty sleeping due to a recurring nightmare. To make matters worse, Connor is being visited by a monster who wants to tell him three stories. While Connor's mother is struggling with her treatments, Connor must tell the monster the truth about his nightmares.

Patrick Ness beautifully spun a story that at times pushed me to tears. This was not because of the story, but rather the hidden truth that you do not want to face. The novel was mesmerizing and I could not put it down even for a moment (which is unusual for me). I went into this book believing that I was going to love it for one reason (the monster) but in the end I was taken in by another (Connor). This was a very surprisings story that left me guessing the outcome to the very end.

Verdict- 4/5 Stars
I loved this story and the way that it was portrayed. This was my first introduction to Patrick Ness, but it most certainly will not be my last.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780763660659
Author:
Ness, Patrick
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Author:
Ness, Patri
Author:
Kay, Jim
Author:
K C
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Family - Parents
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
cancer;death;grief;fiction;fantasy;young adult;bullying;monsters;ya;loss;nightmares;horror;family;mothers;england;death of a parent;teen;magical realism;divorce;children s;illness;monster;children;fear;boys;mothers and sons;contemporary;young adult fictio
Subject:
cancer;death;grief;fiction;fantasy;young adult;bullying;monsters;ya;loss;nightmares;horror;family;mothers;england;death of a parent;teen;magical realism;divorce;children s;illness;monster;children;fear;boys;mothers and sons;contemporary;young adult fictio
Subject:
cancer;death;fiction;grief;fantasy;young adult;bullying;ya;monsters;loss;nightmares;horror;family;mothers;england;death of a parent;teen;magical realism;divorce;children s;illness;monster;boys;children;mothers and sons;fear;contemporary;young adult fictio
Subject:
cancer;death;grief;fiction;fantasy;young adult;bullying;ya;monsters;loss;nightmares;horror;family;england;mothers;death of a parent;magical realism;teen;divorce;children s;illness;monster;mothers and sons;boys;fear;children;contemporary;young adult fictio
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.24 x 6.41 x 0.6 in 1.1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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