A MONSTER CALLS
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting--he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd--whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself--Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.
MORE THAN THIS
From two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness comes an enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life--or perhaps afterlife--of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world. A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What's going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this...
About the Author
Patrick Ness is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Chaos Walking trilogy, the prize-winning novel A Monster Calls, and More Than This. He has won numerous awards, including the Carnegie Medal (twice), the Galaxy National Book Award, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Costa Children's Book Award, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, the Red House Children's Book Award, and the UKLA Book Award. He lives in London.
Nick Podehl has been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine in 2010 and 2011. He has narrated many young adult, fantasy, and romance titles, several of which have won awards, and has appeared in a number of theatrical productions and independent films.
Jason Isaacs is an English actor who discovered his love for the craft at Bristol University, directing and acting in more than twenty plays at school and at the popular Edinburgh Festival. He has since moved on to a career mostly in film and television and is best known for his role as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.