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A Monster Calls Paperback – 7 May 2015
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This award-winning, uncompromising novel is a valuable read for older children struggling to understand life's unavoidable trials. * Time Out * Powerfully felt, this is stylistically Ness's book, but communicates Dowd-like wisdom. Both realistic and magical, it is a fable about the complexity of our emotions, giving us permission to feel anger and illuminating the nature of loss. -- Nicolette Jones * The Sunday Times * A Monster Calls takes Dowd's preliminary idea, and draws out of that bud a tale that has nothing of the hybrid about it. Received wisdom dictates that books published for children need endings that are, if not exactly happy, then at least hopeful. A happy ending would have been a betrayal of the kind of bracingly honest book this is, but hope can be hard to come by in such a story. Here the desperate honesty and refusal to compromise do allow for a sort of brutal clarity to emerge, and from that finally a glimpse of something like hope. Brave and beautiful, full of compassion, A Monster Calls fuses the painful and insightful, the simple and profound. The result trembles with life. -- Daniel Hahn * Independent * Award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd died of cancer before she could write this book, but the choice of Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking Trilogy) to take her idea and create this heartbreaking story was inspired. It is an intensely raw but emotionally rewarding rite-of-passage for young teenager Conor, whose divorced mum is dying of cancer. Using folklore stories to illustrate that good and bad are all part of the whole, the tree monster drags the reluctant Conor to confront his own demons and, in doing so, to face the future. The conclusion is brave, honest and a huge release. [...] this haunting and demanding book shines with compassion, insight and flashes of humour and is a collaboration that highlights the exceptional talents of Ness, Dowd and Kay. A worthy tribute. -- Sally Morris * Daily Mail * Electrifying and hugely readable, it feels like a genuine act of authorial kindness when the gut-wrenching ending conveys a glimmer of redemption. * Daily Telegraph * definitely one of my favourite books of the year * Guardian, Malorie Blackman *
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Patrick Ness is the author of the award-winning and best-selling Chaos Walking trilogy and the critically-acclaimed novels More Than This and The Rest of Us Just Live Here. John Green has described him as "an insanely beautiful writer". He has won every major prize in children's fiction, including the Carnegie Medal twice. He lives in London.
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Secondly, a point worth mentioning is that the idea for this book first came to Siobhan Dowd, the author of Bog Child, but sadly, she died before writing the book, and Patrick Ness wrote the book on her behalf. All the profits from this book directly go to the Siobhan Dowd Trust.
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It is an amazing and beautiful book, both appearance and content wise, and every human should read it. It’s a story of a boy named Conor, who’s mom is dying of Cancer. The subject is treated with so much care and you can’t help but feel for Conor. It depicts hopelessness and lost in the most real unmanipulated way, there could be no other way a real living person could feel in the given situation.
The innocence of a child, his insecurities and fear of losing the most important person in his life are portrayed so well in this story. The writing is so beautiful and lyrical. I can see myself picking it and reading it over and over again, I loved it so much.
P.S.--- I have changed my rating regarding this book. I just watched the film and I liked it. However, Connor's character wasn't portrayed as tiring as it is portrayed in the book. nonetheless, I surged the rating from 2 to 4.
In the author's note, Patrick Ness has written how this was actually based on Siobhan Dowd's idea who couldn't finish writing this novel due to her too-early death and him being asked to write it is saddening. He sure did a great job in delivering this beautiful novel.
If YA novels are as good as this one, I surely want to explore more into this genre, particularly Ness's to begin with. Well, this novel may be a YA, but it's relatable for people of all age groups. Everyone should read this novel atleast once in a lifetime! :)
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