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Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is a Young Adult writer whose books include the Chaos walking trilogy. The series is set in a dystopian world which is usually not my thing. These books are awesome! I listened tot hem on audio and they knocked my socks off. If you like dystopian fantasy to begin with, I can’t imagine you won’t like these. One of my favorite Patrick Ness books is A Monster Calls and its provenance is quite interesting. The story begins with an outstanding British writer named Siobhan Dowd who died after battling breast cancer for some time. She began notes for a book she wanted to write about a boy losing his mother to cancer and the abandonment he felt. Sadly, she ran out of time and those notes were passed along to Patrick Ness who shared the same editor with Dowd. Ness used Dowd’s notes but created his own story out of those notes and A Monster Calls was published in 2011. In 2012 it won England’s big prize, the Carnegie Medal. The book is beautifully written and the pain the boy feels is palpable. Here is a photo of Ness at the National Book Festival.

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