A Monster Calls: Inspired By An Idea From Siobhan Dowd

A Monster Calls: Inspired By An Idea From Siobhan Dowd

Paperback | August 27, 2013

byPatrick NessIllustratorJim Kay

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An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

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.

A Monster Calls: Inspired By An Idea From Siobhan Dowd

Paperback | August 27, 2013
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An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.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, t...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.56 × 5 × 0.65 inPublished:August 27, 2013Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0763669083

ISBN - 13:9780763669089


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Had Me Sobbing I read this in a couple hours (couldn't put it down!) and I was crying by the end. I think it's fair to say that I cry easily, but this book made me more emotional than I expected to be. The illustrations are amazing, and it's kind of a simple premise (which I find no problem with—simplicity is wonderful when done right), but it did what it wanted to do, and that's what matters to me. It hit every note, brought up thought-provoking things that defy normal good vs. evil storytelling, and was overall heartbreaking and beautiful. A really quick read, too! It has a lot of heart, and if you're up for that I fully recommend it :)
Date published: 2016-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of pages: 205 Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 3 “There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between” There are certain things I look for in a book. I want the characters to be realistic; I want them to be flawed and do both good and bad. I want the book to make me feel for the character; I want to laugh and cry and I don’t want to care about plot holes and the fact that it may not be the next classic that I’m reading. A Monster Calls definitely should have been my kind of book. The characters are realistic, it’s a moving tale, it has beautiful illustrations, and it even has the brutal honesty that I highly value. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this book, yet I gave it 3 stars. I think this is one of those reviews where you should pay less attention to the rating, and more attention to the reasoning. Like I said above, there is nothing wrong with this book, but there is a reason I gave it three stars: personal preference. That seems like a really awful reason to not give a perfect book 5 out of 5 stars, but think about it. Have you ever named a book that you didn’t absolutely love reading, as your favourite book, simply because you could appreciate it? Of course not! When I read I need for the book to make me feel emotional, but that didn’t happen with A Monster Calls. I couldn’t relate at all what the characters were going through and I lost some of the emotion because of it. I felt sorry for the characters, but that just isn’t enough for me. The emotions I feel while reading are the reasons why I give those remaining two stars. A Monster Calls is a beautifully written and illustrated tale that shows grief, pain, anger, and fear in a seemingly honest way. It is another book that is important for people to read and learn from. It shows that the good guy is not always who you think it is, and that there isn’t always one. I think no matter how much you will enjoy it, everyone should read this book.
Date published: 2016-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A monster calls review Monster calls is a twisted book that has taught me speaking the truth will always get you somewhere, even if it’s not where you wanted to be. A monster calls is about a young boy named Conor (protagonist) that is having troubles with his mother who was diagnosed with cancer , his constant nightmare that terrifies him more than anything , and a strange yet meaningful monster that visits him frequently at 12:07. Patrick Ness is a award winning author , recognized from winning the Carnegie medal , the winner of the Kate Greenaway medal , a Los Angeles times book prize finalist and finally a New York times book review Notable book of the year. In A monster calls , the book is filled with drawings , illustrations done by Jim Kay. Jim started art in the University of Westminster. Some of the strongest significant elements used in A Monster Calls would have to be the drawings , these drawings really helped me create images in my head. A monster calls touched base with some factors , performing strongly in sentence structure and voice. If I could, I would suggest this book to a grade 8 leveled groups of readers. I think some parts of it were difficult but it never really set me into a big trouble. It has plenty of complex ideas, but also left me with hundreds of comments and questions! What happened to Lily? Why did the monster come at 12:07? Why were all the tales consisting of the “seem to be good guy” turn out to be the wrong one? Connor DID NOT EVER ONCE speak the truth, except admitting it to the monster. It leaves you hanging with hundreds of ideas floating through you, personally I do not like these types of books, but if you are the type of person who can finish a book without a true closure I strongly recommend this book.
Date published: 2015-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I dare you A Monster Calls kept me reading during class (oops) and through the night. I loved it! I could not put this book down - and that doesn't happen until I find a REALLY good book. Trust me. I am a bookworm at heart. I dare you to read it!
Date published: 2014-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing story about loss Crying, must get Kleenex, a life lesson on letting a loved one go.
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful and brilliant first of all, go buy the other version of this with the pictures because the pictures just add so much to the story. this book is brilliant, i thought it was going to be scary and creepy but it wasn't at all. it's about a 13 year old boy and his mom is suffering from cancer and a monster visits him. it is a heart wrenching story that has a beautiful moral. i was sobbing at the end. amazing book. for all ages. it's perfect. yOU mUST BUY IT. it is a emotional roller coaster.
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Beautiful and Deep. I always thought that this one would end up creepy and weird... But it actually was deep and had a beautiful meaning. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a light, deep read. A Monster Calls was absolutely riveting. Conor was so lost at times, poor little guy. But I still liked him and his story! He was so cute! The thing the monster had going on was so deep. The monster was kind of like life itself and Conor was the events happening, you'll understand once you read the book.  UGH! ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL.
Date published: 2014-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasing Read One of the best short stories I have ever read. A modern day fairy tale that tugs on heart strings
Date published: 2013-10-29

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Editorial Reviews

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 TimesA 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 in its obviousness, beautiful in its execution, and fearless in its honesty. Kays artwork keeps the pace, gnawing at the edges of the pages with thundercloud shadows and keeping the monster just barely, terribly seeable.—Booklist (starred review)A masterpiece about life and loss that will stay with the reader long after the final page is turned.—Library Media Connection (starred review)