Patrick Ness's #1 New York Times bestseller now in a movie tie-in version with a striking new cover.
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. 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. This paperback movie tie-in edition includes a book group discussion guide.
Winner of Galaxy National Book Awards: National Book Tokens Children's Book of the Year 2011.
Moving and compelling ... outstanding writing The East Anglian Times A haunting narrative dominated by symbol and atmosphere -- Robert Dunbar Irish Times Incredibly thought-provoking and emotional ... a complete stunner of a book which I couldn't rate anything below five out of five stars. I loved it! UKYA Dark and dangerous, beautifully illustrated and even a bit hopeful. Charlie Fletcher, author of the Stoneheart trilogy
Patrick Ness is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling Chaos Walking trilogy. He has won numerous awards including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, the Costa Children's Book Award and the Carnegie Medal. He lives in London. Siobhan Dowd was the widely-loved, prize-winning author of four books, two of which were published after her death from cancer, aged 47. In 2009, she became the first author ever posthumously awarded the Carnegie Medal. Jim Kay studied illustration and worked in the archives of the Tate Gallery and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 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.