Thursday, December 05, 2013

Book Review - A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Walker Books, 2011)

Madeleine, 13, Cockermouth UK

As disturbing as it is poignant, A Monster Calls has survived as being one of my favorite books for a great length of time.

Written by Patrick Ness and based on the final idea of Siobhan Dowd who died as a result of cancer before the completion of the novel, it portrays the story of twelve year old Connor who has been visited by a monster every night following his mother's treatment for her severe cancer.  However, this time, the monster returns every night with a tale to which Connor listens, and with every night, his realisation of the harrowing conclusion to his own tale draws ever closer.


  1. One of my favourite books ever! I love the narrative structure and the fairy tales the monster tells; I particularly love the first story. This is both breathtakingly sophisticated and devastatingly simple storytelling at its best. At the end, I was cheering through my tears.

    See also Nick's review of this book.

  2. On the Patrick Ness site, here ( he says that his screenplay for A Monster Calls has made the Hollywood 'Black List', for the best currently unproduced script.