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A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd by [Ness, Patrick, Dowd, Siobhan]
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Length: 224 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
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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 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)"

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 the Costa and Galaxy Children's Book Awards and the Carnegie Medal. He lives in London.

Product details

  • File Size: 7655 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press; 1 edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 27, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005J5U07O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,356 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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