A Monster Calls: 10th Anniversary edition

By Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd

The 10th anniversary edition of the bestselling novel about love, loss and hope from the twice Carnegie Medal-winning Patrick Ness.

Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don't quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there's a visitor 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. Patrick Ness takes the final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd and weaves an extraordinary and heartbreaking tale of mischief, healing and above all, the courage it takes to survive. Since publication, A Monster Calls has become an international bestseller and been made into a film starring Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson and Sigourney Weaver.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 10+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406398595
  • Published: 01 Apr 2021
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 240

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Customer reviews


'Patrick Ness is an insanely beautiful writer.' TIME Magazine

'[A] significant and stirring book… 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.' The Sunday Times

'A funny, moving story which brought a lump to my throat at the end. This is definitely one of my favourite books of the year.' Malorie Blackman, The Guardian

'A thoughtful story that lingers in the mind.' Daily Express

'…a profoundly sad story. But it’s also wise, darkly funny and brave, told in spare sentences, punctuated with fantastic images… A story that lodges in your bones and stays there.' The New York Times

'It is no surprise that it won five national prizes and has been read by so many… This is children's writing at its best: it appeals to the child in all of us, yet it asks profound questions and takes us to emotional depths. A very grown-up children's book.' The Independent

'Heartbreakingly poignant, yet sharply witty in places, the story is stunningly enhanced by Jim Kay’s atmospheric black, white and grey illustrations.' The Daily Mail

'…Blends fantasy and reality into an unforgettable whole… this is teenage fiction at its most ambitious.' The Independent

'This might be a children’s book, but it’s one that everyone should read.' Stellar

'Last year, I read 96 novels in total, eight of which were written for children or young adults, and looking at the list now...there's only one title that I think will be considered a classic in 50 years' time [...] only one that I think combines arresting language with a central character whose struggle becomes the reader's struggle, an honest, heart-wrenching story that moved me to tears.' The Independent

'A moving story for kids now out in an adult edition that will resonate with all parents.' Bella

'Moving and compelling, this is outstanding writing.' Ipswitch Star

'So perceptive and beautifully written with superb illustrations.' Berkshire Life

'A very grown up treatment of a difficult subject, and I defy the hardest hearted reader not to cry.' The Glasgow Herald

'Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Haunting. Powerful. Life-changing. The only words that can describe Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls…' The Reading Zone

'Ness twists out a resolution that is revelatory in its obviousness, beautiful in its execution, and fearless in its honesty. Kay’s artwork keeps the pace, gnawing at the edges of the pages with thundercloud shadows and keeping the monster just barely, terribly seeable. Sidestepping any trace of emotional blackmail, Ness shines Dowd’s glimmer into the deepest, most hidden darkness of doubt, and finds a path through.' The Booklist

'Featured in The Bookseller March Previews 2021.' The Bookseller

'Quite possibly the best book I have ever read.' Teen Titles

'One of the defining books of its generation.' Rachel Levy, Chair of the 2012 CILIP Kate Greenaway Judging Panel

'A powerful and ultimately uplifting story.' TES

'Powerful and frightening and one of the most outstanding books that have come my way in many years. It is a book a writer/reader longs to hold; to be able to experience and engage with every word in a deeply emotional way.' Buzz Words Magazine

'An extraordinary book which is destined, I suspect, for a long life as a children’s classic because it has so much to say about something which every child has to face at some level: death.' Independent Blog

'…deserves more stars than there are available… I recommend it absolutely.' Beuchereule

'Emotionally wrenching, this draws truth across pain in a way that is accessible to middle-school readers.' Bulletin for The Centre of Children’s Books

'Compelling and harrowing, A Monster Calls is an exceptional novel that will move anyone who reads it.' South China Morning Post

'The word “cancer” is not used once in A Monster Calls , but its influence is felt even before the first page... a harrowing and deeply engaging account of the heartbreaking effects that cancer has on the children of afflicted patients.' Independent Blog

'If 'Skellig' left you quietly in awe, and 'A Christmas Carol' brings joy every time, and you loved the deep and expansive impact of 'The Iron Man' - then this book will thrill you! And its emotional impact punches deeper than all the others.' Mr.G, Amazon

'…perhaps the most hard-hitting, touching and beautiful books I have read ever, let alone this year.' Empire of Books

'A heartbreaking, near-perfect jewel of a book…' Parenthetical

'Haunting, lyrical, powerful, and true. . . . lingers in the heart like a ghost.' Libba Bray, Printz Award-winning author of Going Bovine

'[Evokes] much of the same tone and feeling.. [as] Pan’s Labyrinth and writer Neil Gaiman. This book is beautiful, poignant, and affecting, but most of all it transcends genre to the point that it is really just a great story to read… I would give it a hundred stars if I could.' Pajiba.com

'This book is powerful, commanding attention, demanding retrospection of the reader... It examines a human reluctance to tread water in a sea of despair and acknowledges this reaction to pain as understandable. I’ll not give away the truth of the book, but it is enough to say that…We all hold such truths and judge ourselves by them. Read the book, so your monster won’t have to visit you.' Our Valley

'A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is one of the most heart wrenching, honest and brilliant novels ever written.' There's a Book

'A beautiful novel, elegant and spare and perfectly captured.' The Alchemy of Writing

'The most cathartic book I have ever read…' Teach Mentor Texts

'This is children’s writing at its best: it appeals to the child in all of us.' Radar

'The truest book I've ever read.' Me / Mum Blog

'You combine the unflinching emotional stories from the genius of Siobhan Dowd and the perfectly weighted storytelling of Patrick Ness and OF COURSE pure beauty is born.' Lisa the Nerd

'A whole new realm of emotional literature. Read with tissues.' aMUSE Magazine

'Although it is a tearjerker, Ness manages to create a strong message of positivity and hope, which speaks to readers regardless of their own experiences. Jim Kay’s illustrations breathe extra life into the book, working in unison with the beautiful writing to create an emotional masterpiece.' The Week

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