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Candlewick Press (MA)

A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd

A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd

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Patrick Ness's Carnegie Medal-winning masterwork is poised to attract a discerning crossover audience.

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.

Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: 03/12/2013
Pages: 224
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.08lbs
Size: 8.10h x 6.40w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9780763660659
Age Range: 12-UP

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.8
Point Value: 5
Interest Level: Middle Grade Plus
Quiz #/Name: 147163 / Monster Calls

Award: Green Mountain Book Award - Nominee

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.
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