A Monster Calls
A Monster Calls
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-10: 0763655597
ISBN-13: 9780763655594
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A Monster Calls
Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd

authors: Patrick Ness; Siobhan Dowd
illustrator: Jim Kay

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isnít the monster Conorís been expecting-- heís been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare heís had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. Itís 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.

An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.
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Young Adult Novel / Hardback
age range:
12 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
224 / 6 3/8" x 8 3/16"
grade range:
Grade 7 and up
Fairy Tales & Folklore; Family; Monsters;
author’s comments:
Patrick Ness is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Chaos Walking trilogy. He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Childrenís Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Childrenís 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.
illustrator’s comments:
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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