Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Monster Calls

Ness, Patrick. 2011. A Monster Calls. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
 (Advance Reader Copy, courtesy of NetGalley.)

There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.
When the monster calls, Conor is not afraid. For this monster, this powerful, all-seeing monster, born of the earth, the trees and all the ages is not nearly as frightening as the monster that lurks within his nightmare.
... it does not matter what you think, the monster said, because your mind will contradict itself a hundred times each day.
You do not write your life with words, the monster said. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.

A Monster Calls is a short and compelling book that displays the true fact that fear, anger, despair, hope, humor and love are not mutually exclusive, nor is any one all-encompassing. We live with all the facets of our nature. It is how we act, rather than what we feel that defines us as individuals.

Author Siobhan Dowd died in 2009, at the young age of 47. She had begun a book, provisionally entitled, Mistress Yew. Patrick Ness was tasked with completing that book, which became A Monster Calls.  I think readers and fans of Ms. Dowd will be pleased. 

My Nook, and the above cover art do not do justice to Jim Kay's eerily fitting illustrations. A sample of Jim Kay's illustrations for A Monster Calls here.

A young adult book, suitable for older J Fiction readers as well.

Due out in September.
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  1. This is one of the book releases that I’m most looking forward to this year. Thanks for the reminder that it’s coming out in September.

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