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A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness


A Monster Calls

By Patrick Ness

Published: 27 Nov 2011

Genre: Young Adult

About the Book:

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, an award-winning novelist, has written for England’s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian. He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Crash of Hennington, Topics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls.

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 currently lives in London.


I found this book first by looking over someones blog and was told that this book would be a tear jerker. I did not find myself crying in the book, I mean I did have tears in my eyes at one point of the book (no I won’t tell you when) but it didn’t last long. I am an emotional sort, I do like a good book that will make me cry.

This book was different than any other that I have read before. I am glad that I did pick up the book. I’m not sure what the monster within the book was supposed to be. At first I thought the monster was supposed to be harmful. Then maybe a protector, then someone to help Conor at the end of the book. Maybe the monster was all of them at once.

Mr. Ness did an excellent job at writing this book. I could not put the book down, he kept you well engaged within the book. The book was more than just a good read. There was a moral to the story. There was meaning behind everything that went into the telling of the story. I am not sure if everyone will get the same meaning of the story though. I think that is how Mr. Ness wanted it.

I am by far extremely happy that I got this book and read this book over all other books that I had in front of it. It is rather quick read so it would not take you too long to read it. This is one book I say you should pick up and read.

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