A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd
Title: A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd
Author: Patrick Ness
A Monster Calls : a novel by Patrick Ness, illustrations by Jim Kay.
The cover is deceiving… this is a devastating look at the monster inside us all.
-Sam at the Service Center
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – When author Siobhan Dowd died at age 47 from breast cancer, she left behind this idea and beginning of a teen novel; Patrick Ness ran with it and created a yew tree monster who teaches a young teen how not to let go of his mother as she dies.
-Helen K. at Spencer
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.