A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd

I just finished this book over the weekend and was completely blown away by it.

Let’s start with the backstory. Siobhan Dowd was a young adult writer. She wrote four novels, including The London Eye Mystery. She was in the process of outlining her fifth book when she died from breast cancer in 2007.

Patrick Ness also writes for young adults. He wrote the Chaos Walking triology which starts with the book the Knife of Never Letting Go.

After Dowd’s death, Ness was approached and asked to finish the story she had started. He says he didn’t try to write the novel the way she would have; he used her ideas to create new ideas .

And thus, A Monster Calls was born. This is a story about Conor. He has to deal daily with a group of bullies at school. His closest friend is a girl who tries to stick up for him but just makes him feel worse. His mom is sick with cancer which makes everyone treat him like he’s invisible. And now, a  monster is visiting him every night at 12.07. But this is not the monster he was expecting. This monster wants to tell him stories, and then wants only one thing from Conor…the truth.

It’s only February, but this goes on straight to the top of my “Best Books I’ve Read in 2012” list.  This fabulous book trailer features the illustrations that are a part of the book.


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