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The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do...


But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming...


This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.


It wants the truth.

About the book

In a unique pairing of Carnegie Medal winners, Patrick Ness spins an extraordinarily moving tale of love, loss and hope from the final idea of Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. 

Praise for A Monster Calls

"The text is compelling, psychologically astute, multi-layered, beautifully crafted and worth returning to again and again… It’s broken into chapters that are short and accessible. The amazing illustrations are integral to the text and lend the text further areas for exploration."
Gavin Knight, English Teacher

Next steps


The New Windmills Series of A Monster Calls offers free online teacher support materials underpinned by the University of Exeter's Grammar for Writing pedagogy.  


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