A Monster Calls

Patrick Ness
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The monster in Conor’s backyard is not the one he’s been expecting — the one from the nightmare he’s had every night since his mother started her treatments. This monster is 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.


He’d had a nightmare. Well, not a nightmare. The nightmare. The one he’d been having a lot lately. The one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming. The one with the hands slipping from his gr...

About the Author:

Patrick Ness is the award-winning and best-selling author of the Chaos Walking trilogy, A Monster Calls, 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

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Loved It (6)
Liked It (2)
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Loved It
beautiful, devastating

I am at a loss for words when describing how stunning and heartbreaking this book is. Even though I feel completely devastated inside, I shall return again and time again to this one.

The illustrations! Perfection.

10/29/2022 8:10:17 PM
Loved It
monsters, grief

I felt moved by this novel. I struggled to finish it while crying.

We've all had some experience with the terror and agonizing waiting in this story.

1 reader liked this
11/12/2022 7:46:27 PM
dealing with loss

This book was outstanding in every way. I was smitten. Really made me pause and think twice about everything I had done in my life up until this point

11/1/2022 10:27:17 AM
Liked It
tough to read

I honestly don't have anything to say than crying a lot. Although the subject is terribly distressing, the writing and artwork are stunning.

10/29/2022 4:32:51 AM
Loved It

Wow. It made me cry, and I don't cry easily. But it's really incredibly sad.

10/31/2022 5:00:28 PM
Loved It
nightmares, grief and love

Even if you know what's going to happen, it was still terrible. Patrick Ness does fantastic work, and this is no exception.

10/31/2022 2:59:34 PM

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