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A Monster Calls: Introduction
A Monster Calls: Plot Summary
A Monster Calls: Detailed Summary & Analysis
A Monster Calls: Themes
A Monster Calls: Quotes
A Monster Calls: Characters
A Monster Calls: Symbols
A Monster Calls: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Patrick Ness
Historical Context of A Monster Calls
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- Full Title: A Monster Calls
- When Written: 2007-2011
- Where Written: London, England
- When Published: 2011
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Children’s fantasy
- Setting: England
- Climax: Conor tells the monster about his nightmare.
- Antagonist: Conor’s nightmare; death
- Point of View: Third-person limited (Conor’s perspective)
Extra Credit for A Monster Calls
A Melancholy Beginning. A Monster Calls was based on an idea by young adult novelist Siobhan Dowd. Dowd unfortunately did not have the chance to write the work herself, as she passed away from cancer. Dowd’s editor, Denise Johnstone-Burt, then arranged for Ness to complete the story.
A Tale of Two Medals. A Monster Calls is the only book to have won both the Carnegie Medal and the Greenaway Medal, which are awards that recognize outstanding writing and illustration, respectively.