Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 224 Pages, 6.3 × 7.87 × 0.39 in
Published: March 12, 2013
Publisher: Candlewick Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0763660655
ISBN - 13: 9780763660659
About the Book
From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd ("A Swift Pure Cry")Nwhose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herselfNcomes an unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.
From the Publisher
An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a
boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to
find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn''t the
monster Conor''s been expecting-- he''s been expecting the one from
his nightmare, the nightmare he''s had nearly every night since his
mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is
different. It''s 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.
About the Author
Patrick Ness is the author of the critically acclaimed and
best-selling Chaos Walking trilogy. He has won numerous awards,
including the Guardian Children''s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust
Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children''s Book Award. Born in
Virginia, he lives in London.
Siobhan Dowd spent twenty years as a human rights campaigner for
PEN and Amnesty International before her first novel, A SWIFT PURE
CRY, was published in 2006. She won the Carnegie Medal posthumously
in 2009 after her death at the age of forty-seven.
Jim Kay studied illustration and worked in the archives of the Tate
Gallery and the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, two experiences that
heavily influence his work. His images for A MONSTER CALLS use
everything from beetles to breadboards to create interesting marks
and textures. Jim Kay lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
There''s no denying it: this is one profoundly sad story. But it''s also wise, darkly funny and brave, told in spare sentences, punctuated with fantastic images and stirring silences. Past his sorrow, fright and rage, Conor ultimately lands in a place - an imperfect one, of course - where healing can begin. A MONSTER CALLS is a gift from a generous storyteller and a potent piece of art. —The New York Times A nuanced tale that draws on elements of classic horror stories to delve into the terrifying terrain of loss. . . . Ness brilliantly captures Conor''s horrifying emotional ride as his mother''s inevitable death approaches. In an ideal pairing of text and illustration, the novel is liberally laced with Kay''s evocatively textured pen-and-ink artwork, which surrounds the text, softly caressing it in quiet moments and in others rushing toward the viewer with a nightmarish intensity.A poignant tribute to the life and talent of Siobhan Dowd and an astonishing exploration of fear. —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Profoundly moving, expertly crafted tale... a singular masterpiece, exceptionally well-served by Kay''s atmospheric and ominous illustrations... tackles the toughest of subjects by refusing to flinch, meeting the ugly truth about life head-on with compassion, bravery, and insight. —Publishers Weekly (starred review) A brilliantly executed, powerful tale. —School Library Journal (starred review) Ness twists out a resolution that is revelatory