The Ask and the Answer

by Patrick Ness

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Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2009.

 

Costa Book Awards 2009 Judges' comment: "A strikingly original and compelling work."

 

Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.

 

Prize-winning author Patrick Ness follows up The Knife of Never Letting Go with equally hard hitting The Ask and the Answer. Trying to escape, Todd and Viola fall into the hands of Mayor Prentiss. Separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd can tell there are some deep and dark secrets outside the town. Who are the mysterious Answer? As gripping as The Knife of Never Letting Go, this is a tough but compelling story which takes readers into shocking and moving territory.

 

Titles on this year’s Teenage Book of the Year Award shortlist include:

Auslander by Paul Dowswell

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray

The Ant Colony by Jenny Valentine

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

The Ask and the Answer Synopsis

We were in the square, in the square where I'd run, holding her, carrying her, telling her to stay alive, stay alive till we got safe, till we got to Haven so I could save her - But there weren't no safety, no safety at all, there was just him and his men. Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced t learn the ways of the Mayor's new order. But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode. The Ask and the Answer is a tense, shocking and deeply moving novel of resistance under the most extreme pressure. This is the second book in the Chaos Walking trilogy.

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ISBN: 9781406379587
Publication date: 07/09/2009
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406379587
Publication date: 7th September 2009
Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 176 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Football / soccer (Children's / Teenage), General knowledge & trivia (Children's / Teenage), Cartoons & comic strips (Children's / Teenage),

About 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 ...

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