A Monster Calls (Prebound)

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A Monster Calls is a book about nightmares, monsters and death; a darkly beautiful and moving story about a 13-year-old boy who must cope with the fact that his mother has terminal cancer. When a monster begins to show up at his window on a regular basis, exactly at 12:07am, Conor is surprisingly unafraid. Sinister, shadowy illustrations reinforce the atmosphere of despair. Despite its subject, or perhaps because of it, this is a book to treasure.

— Sara, Atlanta

About the Author


Patrick Ness is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Chaos Walking trilogy. He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children's Book Award. Born in Virginia, he lives in London.

Siobhan Dowd spent twenty years as a human rights campaigner for PEN and Amnesty International before her first novel, A SWIFT PURE CRY, was published in 2006. She won the Carnegie Medal posthumously in 2009 after her death at the age of forty-seven.

Jim Kay studied illustration and worked in the archives of the Tate Gallery and the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, two experiences that heavily influence his work. His images for A MONSTER CALLS use everything from beetles to breadboards to create interesting marks and textures. Jim Kay lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780606321068
ISBN-10: 0606321063
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: August 27th, 2013
Pages: 225
Language: English