A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd

A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd

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The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

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 one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming....

This monster, though, is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final story idea of Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel about coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults.

“Compelling...powerful and impressive.” —Philip Pullman, author of the award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy

“Exceptional...this is storytelling as it should be—harrowing, lyrical, and transcendent.” —Meg Rosoff, author of the Printz Award–winning novel How I Live Now

“Brilliant and elegant, with all the thrills and ambition you would expect from the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy.” —Frank Cottrell Boyce, award-winning author of Millions and Cosmic

“Haunting, lyrical, powerful, and true. Patrick Ness has crafted a masterful story about grief and loss, love and hope that lingers in the heart like a ghost.” —Libba Bray, author of the Printz Award-winning novel Going Bovine

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781531824112
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 830,119
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Patrick Ness is the author of the critically-acclaimed Chaos Walking trilogy. He has won numerous awards including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, the Costa Children’s Book Award and the Carnegie Medal. He lives in London.

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A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 192 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book mainly because I loved Patrick Ness' other books. I was a little surprised after finishing it and realized it had really touched me in a very real way. Mind you, I am in my forties and like young adult novels because they are easy reads. "Monster" is an easy read, but so thought provoking and emotional it felt like it was much more. My ten year old daughter is reading it now and thouroughly enjoying it as well. Highly recomended.
PlumPudding More than 1 year ago
Wow. I don't think any book has made me cry this hard (well, except for his Chaos Walking trilogy, that is). This book is poignant and beautiful. And REAL. Cancer has been in my life, and so this book struck a (really sad and deep) chord with me. Ness can really work his words, too. He has become my favorite author, hands down. This book is a masterpiece.
Bibliophile_TE More than 1 year ago
Don't dismiss this book because it is a Teen novel. It is a powerful story of love and grieving that grabs you and won't let you go.
AnnaNanner More than 1 year ago
An evocative story for all ages! Grade: A+ or 5 solid stars This is a young adult novel with a simple enough beginning and an incredibly powerful ending! I'm almost at a loss for words. This is a story about a thirteen year old boy named Conor O'Malley. He's experiencing anger, anxiety, hope, and pain as his mother battles cancer. Bullies at school are tormenting him. His friends and teachers act as if he is invisible. Conor's father has moved on to a new family and provides limited support. His grandmother is abrasive and seemingly insensitive. This poor kid's life is falling apart! Conor O'Malley's voice is strong throughout the book. I felt his every emotion. The author pulled me through this book, never making anything too obvious. Conor's revelation at the end is heart-wrenching. There are two monsters in this story, the one from his secret nightmare and the one who comes calling. I'm not sure why some readers have this listed as horror. The monsters are merely expressions of Conor's fear and anger. Nothing scary! I believe the intent of A Monster Calls is to share the emotions surrounding dying and death from the perspective of a child. Patrick Ness accomplishes this endeavor gracefully. Even though I knew what was coming this story packed quite a wallop. This is a wonderful book suitable for young adults and older readers. Please be sure to have a box of tissues handy. You will need them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book about 4 tales which have no moral at all and 3 of them told by a tree, one by Connor a book that gives me courage to face my fears
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the most amazing influential book I have read in a long while. Patrick Ness has an uncanny ability to reach his readers through his simple yet powerful words. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here is a book of the monsters we carry inside as we try to face the tragedies that life gives us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! The story was so beautifully written, I want to read it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is called "A Monster Calls" and is written by Patrick Ness. In the book, a young boy, named Conor, is visited every night at 12:07 for four nights by a monster from his nightmares. The second, third, and fourth night, the monster tells him stories about his life, in exchange for the truth from Conor. My favorite part in the book is when the monster breaks a hole in Conor's house, but when Conor wakes up, there are leaves covering every inch of his floor. I rated this book five stars, because it's a very intriguing book and grabs you right from the start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At some point in your life, you will read this book. Even if you don't like the genre, you will like this book. I don't get emotinally inbest into books, but this was my exception. I cryed at the ending if this book. I didn't bawl my eyes out, but I had a,some tears. This book made me reavalueate my love for my a family, and for all the people in my life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brought me to tears. Reminded me of the pain I felt when my mother passed. Great read.
alondra-stgo More than 1 year ago
This story is one of the most relating ones I've read so far. Even though the main character is a young teenage boy, and his peculiar situation is not one everybody's been trough, it has many values and aspects that everybody goes through at some point in their life. It's beautifully written and Patrcik Ness has a magical way of expressing himself. It's a quick read, just over 200 pages long, and in all it's a very good book. If you're looking for a coming-to-age book, please give this one a try.
TheBumbleGirl1 More than 1 year ago
This book. There will never be enough words. My heart aches. So much.  This is a book that you will have to read for yourself.  I cannot tell you what it is about. I will do no justice in trying to summarize Conor's story.  Nor the Monster's story.  I do not trust my words. I will fail. You will feel things. Many emotions. You will need something to wipe your tears away...  And when you are done reading, you may need someone close by to hug. To hold you. As a mother of three boys, this is one of my biggest nightmares. I don't know if this book would have affected me so severely had I read it before having children...  There are a handful of books that have touched me. That I carry within my heart. There is only one other book that I cannot speak about; one that I instantly cry over every time I think about it... this book has now joined that one. But this book... will probably be the only one, that will forever live inside my soul. Mr. Patrick Ness... thank you.
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
After looking at the cover and reading the back cover, I started reading this book still not coming remotely close to knowing what this book was actually about. This book is not only well written, but filled with a plethora of drawings throughout the book that add a deeper sense of where the story is headed. Conor shook his head. “That’s a terrible story. And a cheat.” Conor’s mom is very ill, his father walked out on them, and his grandma, who treats him poorly, is trying to force him to move in with her. Conor is constantly being bullied at school, has nightmares at night, and life just flat out sucks for this thirteen-year-old boy. That is until the massive tree in the backyard comes alive and is demanding the truth from Conor. Exactly what the truth is that the tree seeks is a mystery to Conor though. As Conor’s mom falls sicker, he becomes angrier and his life spirals into chaos. This book is about the burden of responsibility, grief, anger, and pain and the toppling loneliness that is associated with these burdens. Conor’s story will grab your heartstrings and  make you appreciate all that you have. I would recommend this book, but make sure you thoroughly enjoy the artwork alongside the story.*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*         *You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and  San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review
acorley84 More than 1 year ago
First, I must start off by saying that I don't know that there has ever been a book that I have had such a hard time deciding what my rating would be, on top of what my review would be.  If there is a book for a person to connect with, this is the book. This is the closest to truth that I think I have found in my reading, other than reading a biography. I feel that as children, we all have dreams and possibly even reoccurring nightmares. We all also deal with "monsters" within our lifetime and this book does a wonderful job of depicting how a person may really feel while dealing with the monsters of their lives.  This book wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be which is what made me give it an initial 3 stars upon completing it, however, upon thinking the premise and the story through, I have to say that I would give it at least a 4 star review. I was so happy to see that Siobhan Dowd had such a wonderful thought, and that Patrick Ness was able to pick it up after her death and finish it as though I feel she would have, could she have been given more time on earth to do so. I think the idea of this book was brilliant and one-of-a-kind. The story was very emotional which gave you a great insight into the characters. Everyone knows that life is really like a roller coaster and this book allows us to ride the roller coaster of Connor and his mother's life. The only thing that kept me from giving this book 5 stars was that it was more intended for a younger audience. Overall, it was a very easy (but emotional) read! I enjoyed being able to experience this book. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it from the moment it was recommended to me, and I am certainly glad that I finally got to be a part of it.
_Love_to_Read_ More than 1 year ago
If you get teary eyed easily you may not want to read but this book was very good. The graphics are amazing and the plot itself was suspenceful without being able to not guess the ending. If you want a short read or if you need this for school (i needed it for my college english class) this is your book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and still do its painful to read at times but I loved it just the same because of just how amazing the story is. It is a deep piece that caused me to stop and tjink about the way I live my life. Also it is a great story not very happy maybe but still for those of you who have read because of Winn Dixie its melancholy just like the candy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a girl( i know the name gives it away) and i have read millions of sad books, books that make every one cry when they read it, and i dont cry. Just because im a girl doesnt mean i have cry at every thing. It is hard to make a book to make me cry and that is what this book did. One of the best books. Also try the knife of never letting go by this author. Whoever wrote im your boggest fan.
sailaway7289 More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book and should be read by one and all. I bought the book because of MR. Ness and knew nothing about the story ahead of time. I truly think that is how it should be read so I will give NOTHING away about the book, except that, you won't be dissappointed..
Anonymous 6 months ago
Read it in one day it’s so good!
MontanaPageTurner More than 1 year ago
I was really disappointed in this book. I loved Patrick Ness' Chaos Walking Series but found this one rather boring. Mild SPOILER: although I understand the book has very deep rooted symbolism I found it offensively repetitive and WAY too drawn out. It's about a young boy who is watching his mother dye of cancer. He feels isolated and alone at school and talks with a tree at night. I understand the tree, "the monster" is his internal monster. I don't know, I guess I need more of a story line and intriguing subject matter to keep my attention. I was very disappointed, especially after seeing all the reviews. This book, at best, was a very mild bumpy road with only a mild peak at the end.
marnanel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book about how the real world isn't a struggle between good and evil, but a struggle between the power of nightmares and the power of story. A boy whose nightmare is a nightly terror is visited by a lesser nightmare which tells him stories. Together, the stories effect a change in his life and help him deal with the greater nightmare.The story was first conceived by Siobhan Dowd, who died from cancer before she could write it. Patrick Ness took her notes and spun a thing of beauty from them. My only two quibbles are minor: one of the three stories is hardly a story at all and would have been better fleshed out, and the description of yew needles as "leaves" was a little jarring.This was the first book which won both the Carnegie (for the text) and the Greenaway (for the illustrations). I rarely say this, but don't read this in the ebook version unless you have no access to a paper copy: the text and illustrations work so well together that unless you're reading it on paper you're only getting three-quarters of the story. The reproductions of the illustrations in the ebook just aren't the same.This book will infect your mind with helpful archetypes, and make you think more deeply. I urge you to read it.
DeeDee80 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A really moving fictional children's book about a 13 year old boy losing his mother to cancer, and how the family deals with the grief and loss. The original author Siobhan Dowd died before she could write it herself so Patrick Ness took on the idea and wrote it for her. I bought the book after I saw Ness being interviewed on TV and he was asked whether these subjects were too honest and heavy-going for children, to which he replied no, they just want the truth about life and bereavement. I am so glad I bought this book. I was completely moved by it, and read it in a single afternoon - a rare thing for me as it usually takes me weeks to finish a book, but I just couldn't put it down. I'd recommend this book to anyone and everyone but particularly those interested in grief. A perfectly written story that took me through every emotion. I cannot fault this book - there weren't enough stars to rate it with here. Five stars didn't do it justice!
SJKessel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ness, P. (2011). A Monster Calls. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.206 pages.Appetizer: Thirteen-year-old Conor has a multitude of problems: His mom is sick and the treatments may not be working. His grandmother, who he doesn't get along with, is coming to the house to help. He almost never hears from his Dad who has a new family in America. He's bullied by three kids at school and all of the teachers and other students treats him differently because Lily, who had once been a close friend, told everyone about how ill his mom is.Oddest of all, a monster begins to visit Conor some nights at 12:07 AM. Surprisingly, Conor isn't frightened by it. He has a nightmare that is far worse; one that he fears more than anything and refuses to tell anyone....The monster insists he tell Conor three stories and in return Conor must tell him the truth of his nightmare. The monster's stories prove strange and Conor seeks ways that they and the monster can help him with his grief and difficult situations, most important among them, saving his mother.The characters of A Monster Calls were originally the children of Siobhan Dowd, who died far to young. The novel I most associate with her name is Bog Child, a book that I have been meaning to review for several years.A Monster Calls recently won two (COUNT THEM! TWO!!!!!! One and one equals two!...boy, am I good at math....) Carnegie Awards: One for text and one for illustration. I think both awards are well deserved. It was wonderful to ease into a well-written book and the art did an amazing job of adding to the tone and eeriness of the story. Here are some of my favorite images:I set this one as one as one of my desktop backgrounds!Also, if you'd like to read about the creation process for A Monster Call's, click here. I found A Monster Calls to be a great complex read (although, certainly not a book to pick-up if you want a laugh). It has the feel of a classic. The way Ness deals with the emotions Conor is avoiding and enduring is beautifully done and can provide a lot of comfort to anyone who has shared some of the feelings Conor struggles with.Dinner Conversation:"The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.Conor was awake when it came.He'd had a nightmare. Well, not a nightmare. The nightmare. The one he'd been having a lot lately. The one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming. The one with the hands slipping from his grasp, no matter how hard he tried to hold on." (p. 1)"He felt a rush of panic, his guts twisting. Had it followed him? Had it somehow stepped out of the nightmare and--?"Don't be stupid," he told himself. "You're too old for monsters."And he was. He'd turned thirteen just last month. Monsters were for babies. Monsters were for bedwetters. Monsters were for--Conor. (pp. 2-3)"I have come to get you, Conor O'Malley, the monster said, pushing against the house, shaking the pictures off Conor's wall, sending books and electronic gadgets and an old stuffed toy rhino tumbling to the floor.A monster, Conor thought. A real, honest-to-goodness monster. In real, waking life. Not in a dream, but here, at his window.Come to get him.But Conor didn't run.In fact, he found he wasn't even frightened.All he could feel, all he had felt since the monster revealed itself, was a growing disappointment.Because this wasn't the monster he was expecting." (p. 8)"The monster gave an evil grin. The wind died down and a quiet fell. At last, said the monster. To the matter at hand. The reason I have come walking.Conor tensed, suddenly dreading what was coming.Here is what will happen, Conor O'Malley, the monster continued, I will come to you again on further nights.Conor felt his stomach clench, like he was preparing for a blow.And I will tell you three stories. Three tales from when I walked before. (p. 35)Tasty Rating: !!!!!