By Patrick Ness

ISBN-10: 1406335460

ISBN-13: 9781406335460

A #1 manhattan Times bestseller

An unflinching, darkly humorous, and deeply relocating tale of a boy, his heavily sick mom, and an unforeseen titanic visitor.

At seven mins earlier hour of darkness, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to discover a monster open air his bed room window. however it is not the monster Conor's been expecting-- he is been waiting for the single from his nightmare, the nightmare he is had approximately each evening given that his mom begun her remedies. The monster in his yard is assorted. it is historical. And wild. And it desires whatever from Conor. whatever bad and unsafe. It wishes the reality. From the ultimate suggestion of award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd-- whose untimely dying from melanoma avoided her from writing it herself-- Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly humorous novel of mischief, loss, and monsters either actual and imagined.

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His chewing was the only sound in the whole house. It had been a dream. What else could it have been? When he’d opened his eyes this morning, the first thing he’d looked at was his window. It had still been there, of course, no damage at all, no gaping hole into the back garden. Of course it had. Only a baby would have thought it really happened. Only a baby would believe that a tree – seriously, a tree – had walked down the hill and attacked the house. He’d laughed a little at the thought, at how stupid it all was, and he’d stepped out of bed.

And for a moment, the sun seemed to go behind the clouds. For a moment, all Conor could see was sudden thunderstorms on the way, could feel them ready to explode in the sky and through his body and out of his fists. ” Lily said, startled. “Your mum doesn’t know anything,” he said. ” He walked away from her, fast, leaving her behind. – • – It was just over a year ago that Lily had told a few of her friends about Conor’s mum, even though he hadn’t said she could. Those friends told a few more, who told a few more, and before the day was half through, it was like a circle had opened around him, a dead area with Conor at the centre, surrounded by landmines that everyone was afraid to walk through.

Conor shouted. “He didn’t need to kill her. The people were behind him. ” The justifications of men who kill should always be heard with scepticism, said the monster. And so the injustice that I saw, the reason that I came walking, was for the queen, not the prince. ” Conor said, aghast. ” He became a much beloved king, the monster said, who ruled happily until the end of his long days. Conor looked up to his bedroom window, frowning again. “So the good prince was a murderer and the evil queen wasn’t a witch after all.

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