Discover twice Carnegie Medal-winning Patrick Ness’s bestselling novel of love, loss and hope as it has never been seen before – in a stunning new digital reading experience, exclusive to iBooks, with bonus material from illustrator Jim Kay.
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, DIRECTED BY J.A. BAYONA AND STARRING LIAM NEESON, SIGOURNEY WEAVER, FELICITY JONES AND LEWIS MACDOUGALL.
This heartbreaking but uplifting tale of healing and, above all, the courage it takes to survive is now available in a new digital reading experience that uses the “endless scroll” feature to seamlessly integrate the award-winning illustrator of Harry Potter Jim Kay’s unforgettable artwork with the text.
Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she first started the treatments that don’t quite seem to be working.
But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there’s a monster at his window. It’s ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
It wants the truth.
Exclusive iBook reading experience includes:
• Seamless scrolling illustration
• Optimised for iPad and iPhone
• Bonus “Picturing a Monster” essay by Jim Kay featuring previously unpublished artwork
*When reading this edition of A Monster Calls we recommend locking your device orientation so that the page remains in a landscape view. To read a text only version, turn on Scrolling View. For further reading instructions see the front of the book.*
Praise for A Monster Calls
“Patrick Ness is an insanely beautiful writer” John Green
“Exceptional … shines with compassion” Daily Mail
“Outstanding” The Times
“Powerful and impressive” Philip Pullman
“Brave and beautiful” Independent
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
It’s not every day that a book takes our breath away, but Patrick Ness’s darkly imaginative story about a boy cracking up under the weight of grief did just that. With stunning illustrations from Jim Kay, A Monster Calls tracks Conor O’Malley as he deals with his loving mother’s terminal illness, absentee father, prickly grandmother, and a sly bully at school. Ness has always wowed us with his unflinching honesty and talent for weaving fairytales and reality together and we were excited to hear that he was charged with writing the screenplay for the film adaptation of this brilliant novel.
In his introduction to this profoundly moving, expertly crafted tale of unaccountable loss, Ness explains how he developed the story from a set of notes left by Siobhan Dowd, who died in 2007 before she had completed a first draft. "I felt and feel as if I've been handed a baton, like a particularly fine writer has given me her story and said, Go. Run with it. Make trouble.' " What Ness has produced is a singular masterpiece, exceptionally well-served by Kay's atmospheric and ominous illustrations. Conor O'Malley is 13. His mother is being treated for cancer; his father, Liam, has remarried and lives in America; and Conor is left in the care of a grandmother who cares more for her antique wall clock than her grandson. This grim existence is compounded by bullies at school who make fun of his mother's baldness, and an actual nightmare that wakes Conor, screaming, on a recurring basis. Then comes the monster part human, part arboreal a hulking yew tree that walks to his window just after midnight and tells three inscrutable parables, each of which disappoints Conor because the good guy is continually wronged. "Many things that are true feel like a cheat," the monster explains. In return for the monster's stories, Conor must tell his own, and the monster demands it be true, forcing Conor, a good boy, a dutiful son, to face up to his feelings: rage and, worse still, fear. If one point of writing is to leave something that transcends human existence, Ness has pulled a fast one on the Grim Reaper, finishing the story death kept Dowd from giving us. It is a story that not only does honor to her memory, it tackles the toughest of subjects by refusing to flinch, meeting the ugly truth about life head-on with compassion, bravery, and insight. Ages 12 up.
The writer totally fires up your imagination, drawing picture after picture, and pulling on more heartstrings than you knew you had.
A monster calls
It was a very thrilling book i wanted to get home from school ditch the homework and read this book. Great job Patrick.