Would you like to come to our second reading group?


Last week we held our first reading group event – you can read Kate’s summary of the evening here – during which we discussed Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. We’re already planning our second event in July, and we’d like to hear from you!

This time we’ll be reading A Monster Calls, written by Patrick Ness (and inspired by an idea by the late Siobhan Dowd) – an incredibly moving, powerful story, and the first book ever to win both the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals. We’ll be partnering with The Guardian once again, and you’ll be able to join in with the discussion online at a page of their website and on Twitter with the #NCGKids hashtag.

The event will take place on July 11, starting at 6.30pm, and the group here in London (at our office) is almost full, but if you’d like to attend, send an email to [email protected] and we’ll try to fit in as many people as possible! If we can’t save a place for you this time, we can, if you’d like, keep you on our waiting list for cancellations and add you to our mailing list for future events – and we’d love for you to join in online, at The Guardian’s page or with the Twitter hashtag.

Once again we’ve prepared a few discussion points to get you thinking in advance – here’s some of what we might talk about:

1) Is this book a work of fantasy?

2) Who goes on the furthest emotional journey?

3) What do you think the relationships other than that between Connor and the Monster add to the novel?

4) Does Connor ever lose your sympathy?

5) Are the illustrations necessary?

If you have other areas you’d like to discuss, or questions you’d like to raise, do please leave a comment below. And if you’ve not yet read A Monster Calls, you can order it from The Guardian Bookshop here.


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  • Just read the book in preparation for the online reading group. Remarkable. I find it incredibly difficult to put into words how it made me feel. Finished at midnight last night and have thought about it on and off all day. I often wonder, when kids come to school, what have they left behind? What did they face this morning? I thought of a girl in my class when her mum was diagnosed with cancer as I read how Miss Kwan awkwardly tried to let Conor know she cared. ‘He knew what was coming. He knew and hated it.’ I can’t imagine what I said to the little girl now and the book has given me much to think about. Looking forwards to following the discussion online.

  • Of course, please do. I have just posted a comment on a blog by Lou Treleaven. I discovered Nosy Crow through this last year when she posted a list of publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts. Many new writers seem to look at this and comment, so I have added the link about booking the conference and also about the reading group. I copied the link to the Guardian site. I hope this is ok, I’m new to blogging and posting and unsure of the rules as yet. I shall get better!

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