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A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd

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Overview: A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd

A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Shiobhan Dowd is an English fantasy novel mainly targeted towards children. The story of this novel has its inception in the mind of Shiobhan Dowd when she was suffering from terminal illness. She had it arranged to write this novel with the editor of Walker Books, who after her death gave the idea to Patrick Ness to write it and be published by the same house. Shiobhan Dowd was a British writer and activist and wrote books for children and young adults.

The story revolves around a 13 year old boy who has been disturbed by constant nightmares, the same nightmare occurring over the past few months. Then he meets a monster outside his bedroom window overlooking a church and a graveyard and the story takes forward their talk and the stories they exchange. These stories that are told by the boy to the monster determine the plot of the book and carry forward the events.

The story grows in intensity as the pages of the novel are turned and many unexpected turns in the plot are witnessed. This book sure knows how to keep reader on their toes. There is never a dull page in the book and the story is told beautifully and has a great aesthetic value too; as mentioned by some critics. It has a large number of favorable reviews. The book also has beautiful illustrations which helps paint a picture in the readers' head. These illustrations are provided by Jim Kay, a very good artist and he leaves no stone unturned to bring out the book in images. Even the cover of the book provides a definite view of the plot. On top of that, this novel is also being turned into a movie which speaks for the popularity of A Monster Calls.

About the author

Patrick Ness is an American - British author who is best known for his exceptional books for young adults. He has an impeccable writing style and his books have won him several awards. Ness won the Carnegie award for this book with the book being recognized as the year's best work published in United Kingdom. His other works include Chaos Walking series, More than This and Monsters of Men to name a few. He is one of the seven writers to have won two medals Carnegie Medals consecutively.

This book is available in English language and was first published on August 27, 2013. This reprint version of the book is published by Candlewick. The book comes in paperback binding which makes it easy to carry around and read at will. This book guarantees 224 pages of addictive and engrossing story telling which is also deeply moving. Order this book today to read the UK's book of the year. This is a must read.

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Here are the ISBN Codes for this book :

ISBN 10: 0763669083

ISBN 13: 9780763669089

Features: A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd

  • Candlewick Press (MA)
Product Details
Language English
Publication Date August 27, 2013
Publisher Candlewick
Contributor(s) Patrick Ness
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Page Count 224
ISBN 10 0763669083
ISBN 13 9780763669089
Dimensions and Weight
Product Weight 181 grams
Product Dimensions 12.7 cm x 1.7 cm x 19.2 cm
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  1. 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
     An epic and a beautiful story... 13 December, 2013 On
    Synopsis: 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.

    Review: I just closed this book after finishing it, and I am still crying as I write this review. And I need to make a point of that because NO book has EVER made me cry before. And this book has me sobbing.

    Before I launch into my thoughts, this book has some background that I feel is important. Siobhan Dowd was a YA author. This book was originally her idea. She developed the characters, the idea and the premise. Unfortunately whilst planning this book, which was to be her fifth, she passed away from breast cancer.

    YA author Patrick Ness (Who wrote the Walking Chaos books) agreed to pick up this idea and write the story with the agreement that it was to be his words and style.

    The end result is an epic and beautiful story, but just so touching and sad. Almost everyone I know, knows someone who has been affected by cancer. Some survive and others do not. This book in many ways acts to heal the reader.

    Conor is the main character. His father moved to America and he doesn’t see him. His mother is dying of cancer. Each night at 12:07 Conor is awakened by the old Yew tree in the back garden, which he has called his “monster” because it talks to him. Whilst it’s big and foreboding, it acts as a friend to Conor, and tells him stories. These stories don’t necessarily make sense to Conor at the time, but they all have their place towards the end.

    A quote: “I did not come to heal her, the monster said. I came to heal you.”

    Throughout this book are the most beautiful illustrations done by Jim Kay.

    This book serves to provide comfort and closure. And it tells us it’s okay to be angry, and to be true to ourselves. We hear many stories and anecdotes and it’s in the books final pages that everything comes together and the tears start flowing.

    Honestly… read this book. Patrick Ness has done such a remarkable job with this story, and this book serves as a tribute to Siobhan Dowd’s memory.
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