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A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd


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ISBN13: 9780763660659
ISBN10: 0763660655
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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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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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Beverly B, August 3, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
"The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. Conor was awake when it came." What middle grade reader is going to resist this opening? A Monster Calls is an unforgettable story with outstanding illustrations. Adults will appreciate the gifted writing and brilliant plot development. There is very little I can say about the story without ruining it, but I can say this: It is not a horror story even though the illustrations of the monster look like something from a horror movie. It is written in the style of a fairy tale, but it is heartbreakingly realistic. The characterization of the monster is so carefully developed, it reads almost like a fantasy story, but it is not. The protagonist, Conor, will grab the reader's attention, affection and loyalty. Students who read this book with friends or in a book group will have some excellent in-depth discussions mostly centering around "What was the monster really?" But, there will also be excellent discussions about events a few kids have dealt with and most kids have worried about. A Monster Calls is a very quick read which makes it a perfect choice for reluctant readers, literature circles and whole class reading. The story is so compelling that avid and gifted readers will enjoy it just as much as reluctant readers. Older readers may be able to identify the monster easier, but maybe not. That is why this book is so perfect for group reading.
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Ness, Patrick
Candlewick Press (MA)
Ness, Patri
Kay, Jim
Children s-General
Family - Parents
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
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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
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
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
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