Some of us here at KISToday have been looking forward to the premiere of the film “A Monster Calls”, based on the book by Patrick Ness. Just so it happens that the KIS Library has several Patrick Ness books!
A Monster Calls
Goodreads rating: 4.33
Thirteen-year-old Conor O’Malley has had to become a more responsible person now that his single mother is undergoing treatment for her illness. School is difficult too, Conor being a constant target for bullies and having no friends. When his mother’s condition worsens, a monster visits Conor to tell him stories, stories which seem to be of no real significance but later prove to have hidden truths.
A heartbreaking story which is guaranteed to make you cry coupled with fascinating illustrations.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Goodreads rating: 3.78
Sometimes, you don’t want to be the Chosen One, since that often ends up with the destruction of the school. And Mikey wants to keep said school in one piece so he can maybe work up the courage to ask Henna out, deal with anxiety and graduate. Sometimes, you have to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.
In this novel, Patrick Ness tells an emotional and relatable tale, the type that anyone can connect with.
The Knife of Never Letting Go
(Chaos Walking Trilogy #1)
Goodreads rating: 3.95
In Prentisstown, everyone can hear the thoughts of others in a never-ending web of Noise. It is a world of no secrets and no privacy. Todd is a month away from adulthood when he and his dog Manchee stumble upon the impossible: a patch of deafening silence, bringing with it a reveal so awful it forces Todd and Manchee to flee for their lives.
Original, gripping and intense, this one’s a page-turner you won’t be able to put down.