A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd

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Candlewick Press, Sep 27, 2011 - Young Adult Fiction - 224 pages
NOW A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor, featuring stunning artwork by Jim Kay. 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.
 

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User Review  - Zulekha Saqib - Goodreads

“Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?” I loved this book.. It was beautiful but yet so heartbreaking with gorgeous ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maggie Maxfield - Goodreads

John Green calls Patrick Ness' writing "insanely beautiful." I hate superlative reviews because then I spend my time looking for examples of the opposite. I did find a few. But it didn't stop me from ... Read full review

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Contents

First Page
1
Breakfast
10
School
18
Life Writing
23
Three Stories
28
Grandma
38
The Wildness of Stories
44
The First Tale
52
Yew Trees
127
Could It Be?
131
No Tale
136
I No Longer See You
142
The Third Tale
146
Punishment
153
A Note
159
100 Years
163

The Rest of the First Tale
58
Understanding
66
Little Talk
74
Grandmas House
80
Champ
86
Americans Dont Get Much Holiday
91
The Second Tale
99
The Rest of the Second Tale
108
Destruction
115
Invisible
122
Whats The Use of You?
169
The Fourth Tale
173
The Rest of the Fourth Tale
184
Life After Death
189
Something in Common
197
The Truth
201
Last Page
206
Copyright Page
207
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About the author (2011)

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.

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