A Monster Calls

A Monster CallsConor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don't quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there's a visitor at his window. It's ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

Patrick Ness takes the final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd (whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself) and weaves a heartbreaking tale of mischief, healing and above all, the courage it takes to survive.

An extraordinary novel of love, loss and hope, in June A Monster Calls became a publishing sensation when it won five national prizes and became the first ever book to win both the prestigious Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals!

Patrick says: "The most common experience I hear from readers - and I hear it all the time - is that they're crying heavy tears by the end of A Monster Calls. But I think that's okay. I think tears can be extraordinarily healing, especially in a story like this and especially for a young hero like Conor."

"Exceptional...shines with compassion" Daily Mail

"Brilliant and elegant" Guardian

Patrick Ness

The Author:

Patrick Ness was born in America and now lives in London. He taught creative writing at Oxford University and has written and reviewed for The Daily Telegraph, The Times Literary Supplement, The Sunday Telegraph and The Guardian. Ness is one of just seven writers to win the Carnegie Medal twice, the first in 2011 for Monsters of Men and now also for A Monster Calls. He is best known for his children's books, including the Chaos Walking trilogy, but has also writen a novel for adults called The Crash of Hennington and a short story collection for adults called Topics About Which I Know Nothing.

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