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A Monster Calls (Movie Tie-in) by Patrick Ness
  

A Monster Calls (Movie Tie-in)

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Grown from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd and beautifully illustrated by Jim Kay, Patrick Ness’s extraordinary A Monster Calls has already won numerous awards and earned universal praise. There is now a major film coming and this is the tie-in. So I’ve come to this shamefully late and can only confirm that it deserves every award, every word of praise. Written for any reader this is a truly universal story of stubborn love, terrible loss and wild magic. Books rarely make me cry but I was often in tears reading this book.

It tells the story of Conor, a school boy whose mother is ill with cancer, whose father has left, whose grandmother is forbidding. He is defensive, angry and lonely at school. And then one night a monster calls – a massive walking and talking tree who takes Conor on a terrifying journey. But little is as it first seems in this story. And it is stories that become the lifeblood of this novel. Wild stories that tell the truth. Ness is brilliant at giving the reader room to feel for themselves the pain of his characters – he doesn’t direct you he just shows you what is happening and trusts you to empathise. This story is heartbreaking, profoundly scary yet also wildly affirming about the power of truth, friendship and love. If you grew up thrilling to the darkness of Dahl, enjoyed the humanity of Mark Haddon’s books this is for you. But really I think this is for everyone. It’s just superb.

If you’re intrigued by how the book became the film, this is a gorgeous illustrated hardback of the novel complete with added interviews with author, illustrator director and cast and photos from the production. ~ Simon Spanton

Click here to view the paperback movie tie-in edition of A Monster Calls.

If you like Patrick Ness you might also like to read books by kevin brooks and Rob Ewing.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. Read the full reviews here.

  • Sophia Moss - 'This is not a light-hearted book for children, rather it is an emotional roller-coaster which uses twisted fairy stories to help explain some of the most horrible things that can happen in real life.'
  • Lizzy Dingemans - 'An astonishingly imaginative book which I would recommend to anyone...I was gripped by the whole book.'
  • Lauren Hill - 'This was a compelling book that I devoured in one sitting...I would say that this is a novel that both teenagers and adults should read.'
  • Humaira - 'Wow. Words can't describe how good this book is...Siobhan Dowd created a world that Patrick Ness built and I'm so grateful and indebted for that. It's a wonderful story.'
  • Catherine Bryce - 'A truly fantastic emotional book which will enthral the reader from the first page to the last!  A must read for fans of any genre!'
  • Joy Isabella - 'One of the most emotional books I have read. Ness creates in Conor a character who could be any of us - someone experiencing the darker side of life and struggling to make sense of it.'
  • Aaisha Hussain - 'This book rips your heart open in the best possible way.'

Synopsis

A Monster Calls (Movie Tie-in) by Patrick Ness

The bestselling novel about love, loss and the power of story-telling from the twice Carnegie Medal-winning Patrick Ness, soon to be a major motion picture. Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don't quite seem to be working. But tonight is different.

Tonight, when he wakes, there's a visitor at his window. It's ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth. Patrick Ness takes the final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd and weaves an extraordinary and heartbreaking tale of mischief, healing and above all, the courage it takes to survive.

Winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2012.

Winner of the Galaxy Children's Book of the Year Award 2011

About the Author

Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness was born on an army base called Fort Belvoir, near Alexandria, Virginia, in the United States. His father was a drill sergeant in the US Army. He lived in Hawaii until he was almost six, spent the ten years after that in suburban Washington state, and then on to Los Angeles, where he studied English Literature at the University of Southern California.

His main job after graduating was as corporate writer at a cable company, writing manuals, form letters and speeches and once even an advertisement for the Gilroy, California Garlic Festival (this is true). If you're American and hated your cable company, he probably wrote you a letter of apology.

He got his first story published in Genre magazine in 1997 and was working on his first novel when he moved to London in 1999. He's lived here ever since. Sometimes he teaches creative writing but mostly he tries to write 1,000 words a day, 'come hell or high water'.

In May 2008, he published The Knife of Never Letting Go, his first book for young adults. It won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Booktrust Teenage Prize and he hasn't looked back since. Click here to read a Q&A with Patrick.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Patrick Ness

1. He has a tattoo of a rhinoceros.
2. He has run two marathons.
3. He is a certified scuba diver.
4. He wrote a radio comedy about vampires.
5. He has never been to New York City but...
6. He has been to Sydney, Auckland and Tokyo.
7. He got accepted into film school but turned it down to study writing.
8. He was a goth as a teenager (well, as much of a goth as you could be in Tacoma, Washington and still have to go to church every Sunday).
9. He is no longer a goth.
10. Under no circumstances will he eat onions.

Author photo © Helen Giles

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Publication date

6th October 2016

Author

Patrick Ness

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Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Fantasy
NewGen - YA Fiction
Books Behind TV & Film

Science fiction (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781406376524

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