- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Walker Books (7 May 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1406361801
- ISBN-13: 978-1406361803
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 746 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Monster Calls Paperback – 7 May 2015
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"A Monster Calls fuses the painful and insightful, the simple and profound. The result trembles with life." --The Independent
"Exceptional... This is storytelling as it should be harrowing, lyrical and transcendent." --The Guardian
"Patrick Ness is an insanely beautiful writer." --John Green
About the Author
Patrick Ness is the author of the award-winning and best-selling Chaos Walking trilogy and the critically-acclaimed novels More Than This and The Rest of Us Just Live Here. John Green has described him as "an insanely beautiful writer". He has won every major prize in children's fiction, including the Carnegie Medal twice. He lives in London.
From the Publisher
Twice Carnegie Medal-winning 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, beautifully illustrated by Jim Kay. 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.
A Monster Calls
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.
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An amazing and touching book.
This book is the most heart-warming and emotional book you’ll read in 2017. This book is a must have in any school library. It’s all about a boy who feels like an island ever since his mother started her treatments for her cancer. But they don’t seem to be doing their job. That all changes when the monster arrives at his window… I would recommend this book to older and mature readers as there are sad themes and inappropriate words.
I decided to read this book because I was introduced to it by a teacher and the blurb seemed so interesting. It was the best read of my life – and that’s saying something. I would highly advice you buy this amazing book. Enjoy Reading!
Reviewed by Gaurika, 11 years old.
A boy called Conor lives with his mum who is ill. Every night he has the same nightmare. Outside his house is a Yew tree, and at 12:07 the Yew tree would turn into a monster. Every night the he would tell a tale; altogether there were 3 tales. The monster wants to know Conor’s story. The monster wants the truth.
Star rating: 5/5 stars. Age rating: 12-13 years old.
My favourite character was the monster, because when it tells a story it explains it from other people’s point of view.
My least favourite character was Harry, because he would bullied Conor because his mum was ill.
Reviewed by Natalia, 11 years old
This book is about a boy who has the same dream every night and his mum is ill. Her treatments don’t work properly. She gets new treatments will they work? Will the boy stop dreaming about a monster? See for yourself. I decided to read this book because two people told me the book was amazing (one of them was a teacher) and I read it. It was the best book I had ever read since I was able to start reading. BUY IT. However it is really sad because something happens to his mother. Read it to find out. It can’t not be amazing.
Reviewed by Haroon, 10 years old
A Monster Calls is just a beautiful novel. After reading the book I just had to sit for a moment and think over it, even now it leaves me at a loss for words. The story just pulls you in from the start, and my heart really went out to Conor and all that he had to endure. I can't write a review to do this book justice, all I can say that this is a must read for anyone.
I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give anything away, but it was unique and heartfelt. Simple and yet so, so emotionally complex. I enjoyed the monsters stories and the morals in each of them and I thought Conor was so brave, despite the adults surrounding him who were often less than supportive.
I loved it and will definitely recommend it to everyone!
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Appropriate for the age suggested , I think.
Will certainly recommend it to friends!