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Patrick Ness , Siobhan Dowd , Jim Kay
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2 Feb 2012
The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting 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, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Costa Award winner Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final idea of much-loved Carnegie Medal winner Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel of coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406339342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406339345
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick Ness is the author of the Chaos Walking Trilogy - The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men - for which he has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the BookTrust Teenage Prize and the Costa Children's Book Award. He has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. He lives in London.

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An extraordinarily moving novel about coming to terms with loss.

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The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting 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… This monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final idea of Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel of coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Whole Package 9 Jun 2011
By Lovely Treez TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I have experienced equal quantities of dread and delight whilst anticipating A Monster Calls, a novel which is the joint venture of two highly acclaimed authors of YA fiction. I've been dreading it as it will be my last experience of the wonderful writing of Siobhan Dowd who died in 2007 aged 47. Siobhan was the author of four brilliant novels, two of which were published posthumously and she had penned some notes for a new book which culiminated in Patrick Ness taking the baton and producing the thing of beauty which is A Monster Calls.

So was it to be a Dowd or a Ness novel, whose influence would be felt the most? To tell the truth, it's different from anything either author has produced before. Yes, I felt Siobhan's touch at times but this really feels like a one-off, an original masterpiece. In just over 200 pages, Patrick Ness weaves the tale of Conor O'Malley, a 13 year old only child who has a battle on his hands. His single mother is nearing the end of her fight with cancer and Conor has a well meaning grandmother whose good intentions only end up estranging him further. His father has remarried, now living in the US and is in the clutches of a jealous new wife complete with new baby and he hardly wants the added troubles of his teenage son. Meanwhile, at school, the only people who really notice Conor are the bullies - everyone else is busily tip-toeing around the elephant in the room/playground. If that wasn't enough, a monster comes a-calling, in the shape of a yew tree - yew trees are symbolic of everlasting life and healing but this particular specimen doesn't seem very friendly.

This is one of the most powerful, compelling books I have ever read.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Monster Calls 24 May 2011
By Vicki @ Cosy Books TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This book is stunning, from the very first peak of it right through to the last word. Even pulling away the postage packaging left me awestruck at this beautiful book, with it's atmospheric hard covering and illustrations. Reading it is no let down either and while a short story at just over 200 pages, every single word made an impact and by the time I'd finished the last page I was an emotional mess.

A Monster Calls is based on an idea by the late Siobhan Dowd. Having never read anything by either Dowd or Ness before (something I have now sworn to resolve) I had no preconceptions about the book at all, nor any idea what it was about. I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't what I got. A dark, heart breaking tale of grief and loss, entwined with ancient mythology and a journey of facing the truth as well as your fears. It's powerful, stunning, achingly sad and genuinely spooky, because the monster in this story is one we could all face.

Reviewing this book is difficult, because I really don't want to give anything away, not even a small detail for fear of taking away from someone else the experience I had while reading it. I can just urge you all to add it to your wishlist, pick it up from the library, anyone from age 10-100...just get hold of a copy. Recommended a million times over.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Ness is a genius! 5 May 2011
By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
If you are not aware about how this book came to be, then please keep reading. The original idea for the story belonged to Siobhan Dowd, who died of cancer in 2007, her premature death prevented her from finishing the book. This would have been her fifth book and she left behind the characters, the idea behind the story and the beginning of it. The story was handed over to Patrick Ness to complete.

I have yet to read any of Siobhan Dowd's books, so I cannot compare the story to her style of writing; having said that Patrick Ness has stated that he did not write the book attempting to mimick her voice. He took her legacy and wrote it in his own unique style.

I was one of those readers who absolutely loved The Chaos Walking Trilogy and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. My initial response was amazement as it really is a thing of beauty. The cover, the design and the drawings created by Jim Kay, just bring this book into a complete category of its own. I cannot stop staring at it. All the illustrations are in black and white and they just add to the haunting nature of the book.

The story itself is an unbelievable roller coaster of feelings that rips your heart out and leaves you emotionally in tatters by the end. Never has a story affected me so much that I still want to cry over it two weeks after reading it. I am not sure if I am happy with Patrick Ness's ability to make me cry so often. This is the second time he has written a book that has left me as a blubbering wreck. ( Manchee! I say no more!). He is just an amazing author whose words leave me speechless.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and magificent! 5 May 2011
By Jan
Format:Hardcover
There will be lots of readers eager to read this book; fans of the late (and much missed) Siobhan Dowd and also fans of the very popular Patrick Ness. No-one will be disappointed.

I have read and loved all of Siobhan Dowd's other books and although I don't know how much of the story she drafted before she sadly passed away, her voice is very clearly to be heard in this story that Patrick Ness has completed and presented to the world. Patrick Ness's contibution is very obviously, but you can't see the join!

Your heart will go out to Conor, the hero of this story and I think Conor really is a hero. Life has not been kind to him thus far; he is bullied at school, his father has left the family and now lives in the USA with his new wife and daughter, his mother is being treated for cancer and, unsurprisingly, he is having nightmares. He needs a friend, but not Lily who he thinks has betrayed him, not his father who reappears briefly from the States calling him `Buddy' or `Sport' and not even his un-grandmotherly grandmother who is also struggling to cope with her daughter's (Conor's mother's) illness. One night a monster appears at the bedroom window. The monster doesn't really seem to be helping very much at first, but as he tells his stories and encourages Conor to confront the dark thoughts he is hiding deep, deep within himself, this troubled young man begins to find the courage to face the future.

Take time to really look at Jim Kay's wonderful and powerful illustrations as they add a whole new dimension to this already stunning book.
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it is an amazing book, it is sad and moving and deep.it is well written and interesting and is an interesting mix is what could be true and what could only be fictional.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A heartbreaking story that will leave you breathless!
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the illustrations are incrdible- thats why I bought it ...then I read the story and I cried
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My grandson was asked, by his teachers, to read this book for his school work and, l he really enjoyed it!
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