By Patrick Ness
A #1 ny Times bestseller
An unflinching, darkly humorous, and deeply relocating tale of a boy, his heavily ailing mom, and an unforeseen enormous visitor.
At seven mins earlier dead night, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to discover a monster outdoors his bed room window. however it is not the monster Conor's been expecting-- he is been anticipating the single from his nightmare, the nightmare he is had approximately each evening because his mom all started her remedies. The monster in his yard is diversified. it is old. And wild. And it wishes whatever from Conor. anything poor and hazardous. It desires the reality. From the ultimate thought of award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd-- whose untimely dying from melanoma avoided her from writing it herself-- Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly humorous novel of mischief, loss, and monsters either genuine and imagined.
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Additional info for A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd
He was back in his bed. Of course it was a dream. Of course it was. Again. He sighed angrily and rubbed his eyes with the heels of his hands. How was he ever going to get any rest if his dreams were going to be this tiring? He’d get himself a drink of water, he thought as he threw back the covers. He’d get up and he’d start this night over again, forgetting all this stupid dream business that made no sense whatso– Something squished under his foot. He switched on his lamp. His floor was covered in poisonous red yew tree berries.
Every inch of his bedroom floor was covered in short, spiky yew tree leaves. He put another bite of cereal in his mouth, definitely not looking at the rubbish bin, where he had stuffed the plastic bag full of leaves he’d swept up this morning first thing. It had been a windy night. They’d clearly blown in through his open window. Clearly. He finished his cereal and toast, drank the last of his juice, then rinsed the dishes and put them in the dishwasher. Still twenty minutes to go. He decided to empty the rubbish bin altogether – less risky that way – and took the bag out to the wheelie bin in front of the house.
Make trouble. Patrick Ness London, February 2011 FOR SIOBHAN You’re only young once, they say, but doesn’t it go on for a long time? More years than you can bear. Hilary Mantel, An Experiment in Love A MONSTER CALLS The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. Conor was awake when it came. He’d had a nightmare. Well, not a nightmare. The nightmare. The one he’d been having a lot lately. The one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming. The one with the hands slipping from his grasp, no matter how hard he tried to hold on.
A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd by Patrick Ness