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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. The monster in his back garden, though, is something quite different. Something ancient; something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

In this extraordinarily powerful novel about coming to terms with loss, Patrick Ness – the Costa Award-winning author of the Chaos Walking trilogy – spins a tale from the final idea of Carnegie Medal winner Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, it is a truly unforgettable work from two of our finest writers for young adults.

“No amount of words, superlatives or other, seem good enough. From an idea by Siobhan Dowd, Patrick Ness has written something very special.” Chicklish review

Product Details






Walker Books Ltd

Date published

February 2nd, 2012

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.8; Middle years; 5.0 points




Patrick Ness

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Jim Kay

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  1. a-best11
    on 17 March 2015

    Love it!! It is a great book, I would definitely recommend it!! :)

    5out of 5
  2. SmithC05
    on 23 December 2014

    This book made me cry therefore it is a very emotional book. It is very moving and is defiantly worth reading.

    5out of 5
  3. AngelofDeath
    on 9 March 2014

    Really moving, a story about coming to terms with your nightmares.

  4. Mohsen1010
    on 7 March 2014

    A perfect modern fairy tale but not the one you would expect:an old and twisted kind of fairy tale. The darkly elegant illustrations complement the story beautifully. Very compelling, this book will touch your heart.

  5. FallenAngel16
    on 20 October 2013

    A good book that stays with you forever. Five stars!

  6. TheMileLongBookshelfBlog
    on 8 March 2013


  7. Nashdasher
    on 8 March 2013

    My mum was having the same treatment as Connors mum so I could really relate it was really moving

  8. Bookworm200253
    on 13 November 2012

    I abousloty loved it I was not scarery as I thought but It was heart breaking

    5out of 5
  9. bethreads
    on 16 September 2012

    I absolutely loved this book, it was interesting, heartbreaking, wonderfully illustrated and just a very satisfying read.

    By bethreads

    5out of 5