A Monster Calls
A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd
A Monster Calls
Jim Kay, Patrick Ness
Patrick Ness’s #1 New York Times bestseller and Carnegie Medal–winning masterwork is poised to attract a discerning crossover audience.The monster in Conor’s backyard is not the one he’s been expecting — the one from the nightmare he’s had every night since his mother started her treatments. This monster is 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.

Book Details


  • Juvenile Fiction
  • Literary Collection

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Conor has enough problems for one kid to handle. He’s being bullied at school, his parents have split up, and his mother is terribly sick. Even his teachers treat him like he’s about to break down at any moment. Now, to add to his problems, a monster has shown up at Conor’s window in the dead of night, demanding a strange task of him. This huge, wild, untamable monster has vowed to tell Conor three stories. And Conor must tell the fourth. A story about his own “truth”-- but he can’t, and won’t, tell that story. Not that one.

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