Hot Key Carnegie Challenge – Book 1: A Monster Calls

Last week we made a pact that we would read and discuss the Carnegie Shortlist here at Hot Key and today is the start of our first discussion. We’d love you to join in too!

We decided to start with Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls – mainly as it had been at the top of many of Team Hot Key’s TBR pile for a while.

For those of you who haven’t read it yet, or don’t know what it’s about – here is the publisher’s (Walker) blurb:

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, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Costa Award winner Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final idea of much-loved Carnegie Medal winner Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself.

Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel of coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults.

This is the place where we’ll discuss what we thought of it, and please do the same! When we get through the whole list, we’ll run a poll on which one we all think will win.

SO, what did you think? Let us know in the comments below: