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