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A Monster Calls

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Sana Majid

on 18 January 2013

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Transcript of A Monster Calls

About the Author Patrick Ness is an American-born author, journalist and lecturer who lives in London and holds dual citizenship. He is best known for his children's books, including the Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls. Awards Ness won the annual Carnegie Medal in Literature from the British librarians both in 2011 and in 2012, for Monsters of Men and A Monster Calls, recognizing each as the best new book for children or young adults published in the U.K. He is one of seven writers to win two Medals (no one has won three) and the second to win consecutively. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd-- whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself Description 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. Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined. Profoundly moving, expertly crafted tale... a singular masterpiece, exceptionally well-served by Kay's atmospheric and ominous illustrations... tackles the toughest of subjects by refusing to flinch, meeting the ugly truth about life head-on with compassion, bravery, and insight.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Ness twists out a resolution that is revelatory in its obviousness, beautiful in its execution, and fearless in its honesty. Kays artwork keeps the pace, gnawing at the edges of the pages with thundercloud shadows and keeping the monster just barely, terribly seeable.
—Booklist (starred review) Conor - 13 years old Monster - a Willow tree in his backyard Conor's Mom - Sick with Cancer Conor's Grandma- hated Main Point This story is about the gray areas in life. The Monster cones to Conor and tells him a story every night. Each story is different, but has a common thread: there is no clear villain or hero. Conor has a hard time grasping this concept while thinking about his own life. Finally, on the last night the Monster makes Conor tell his own story. Conor's ex-friend
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