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Moving and compelling . . . outstanding writing ― The East Anglian Times

A haunting narrative dominated by symbol and atmosphere -- Robert Dunbar ― Irish Times

Incredibly thought-provoking and emotional . . . a complete stunner of a book which I couldn't rate anything below five out of five stars. I loved it! ― UKYA

Dark and dangerous, beautifully illustrated and even a bit hopeful. ― Charlie Fletcher, author of the Stoneheart trilogy

emotionally powerful ― Daily Express

“It is a novel that does not shy away from the harsh realities that we all have to face from time to time. As such, it is sometimes uncomfortable, often heart-breaking and always true. […] A Monster Calls teaches us about the importance of confronting the truth – no matter how unpleasant or monstrous it may seem.” ― Buckinghamshire Life

Ness creates vivid characters: Conor’s absent, well-meaning father, a non-traditional grandmother and the storytelling Monster, as sketched in gothic chiaroscuro by illustrator Jim Kay. ― Children's Books Ireland - Mind Yourself

Drawing on themes of love, loss and hope, teenagers will hopefully find the rage and raw pain within the pages resonates with them. ― The Independent

About the Author

Patrick Ness was born in the USA, lived in London from 1999, and now lives in Los Angeles. He writes both novels and short stories for adults and children, but is best known for his books for young adults. His first books for teenagers make up the Chaos Walking trilogy, of which the first book, The Knife of Never Letting Go, won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Booktrust Teenage Prize, followed by The Ask and the Answer, which won the Costa Award. All three titles in the trilogy were shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal, an unprecedented event, and in 2011 the third title, Monsters of Men, won the award. Patrick’s sixth book, A Monster Calls, was based on an original idea by Siobhan Dowd and illustrated by Jim Kay. It won every major prize in children’s fiction, including the Galaxy National Book Award, the UKLA Book Award and the Red House Children’s Book Award. In 2012 it became the first book ever to win both the Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal. Patrick has also written the screenplay for the film of A Monster Calls. Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and starring Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones, the film was released in 2016. The first film in the Chaos Walking series is slated for release in 2020. Patrick Ness's critically-acclaimed novels include More Than This, The Rest of Just Live Here, Release and And the Ocean Was Our Sky.

Siobhan Dowd was the widely-loved, prize-winning author of four books, two of which were published after her premature death from cancer, aged 47. In 2009 she became the first author
ever posthumously awarded the prestigious Carnegie Medal.

Jim Kay studied illustration and then went on to work in the archives of the Tate gallery and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, two experiences that heavily influence his work. He is the illustrator of the Flaxfield Quartet and A Monster Calls, in which he has used everything from beetles to breadboards to create interesting marks and textures.

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  • ASIN : 1406339342
  • Publisher : Walker Books; 0 edition (2 February 2012)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 216 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9781406339345
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1406339345
  • Reading age : 12 years and up
  • Item Weight : 450 g
  • Dimensions : 16 x 1 x 21 cm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Customer Reviews:
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that gives so much to talk and think about
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