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Patrick Ness


Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness was born on an army base called Fort Belvoir, near Alexandria, Virginia. He stayed there for the first four months of my life and has never even been back to the East Coast of America since.

He studied English Literature at the University of Southern California, and got a job as a corporate writer at a cable company in Los Angeles, writing manuals and speeches and once even an advertisement for the Gilroy, California Garlic Festival. His first story was published in Genre magazine in 1997. Ness moved to London in 1999 while working on his first novel. He taught Creative Writing at Oxford University for three years and now writes for one of the UK national papers. He has also been writer in residence for Booktrust.

Patrick Ness

Books by Patrick Ness

by Patrick Ness - Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think and they can hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but he knows that the town is hiding something from him --- something so awful that Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the other females on New World?

Written by Patrick Ness and Illustrated by Rovina Cai - Adventure, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

With harpoons strapped to their backs, the proud whales of Bathsheba's pod live for the hunt, fighting in the ongoing war against the world of men. When they attack a ship bobbing on the surface of the Abyss, they expect to find easy prey. Instead, they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself... As their relentless Captain leads the chase, they embark on a final, vengeful hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of both whales and men.

by Patrick Ness - Contemporary Fiction, Family Life, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam’s life is falling apart.  At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend and his best friend, Angela. But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam’s life into chaos. The bindings of his world are coming untied one by one; yet in spite of everything he has to let go, he may also find freedom in the release.

by Patrick Ness and James Goss - Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult 13+
One of three thrilling companion novels set in the universe of the new Doctor Who spin-off Everyone at Coal Hill School has become obsessed with completing exciting dares posted on a strange new website, run by the charismatic vlogger Seraphin. Soon the challenges become more dangerous and competitive. As April’s fragile group of friends starts to fracture, she decides she’s going to uncover the truth behind this site herself. Whatever it takes, whomever she hurts, April’s going to win. But then, to her horror, she wakes up and finds her whole world is changed. What she does next will astound you.
by Patrick Ness and Guy Adams - Adventure, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 14+
Young people across the city are acting crazy. But they aren’t the ones in control…Poppy is a quiet girl, right up until she steals a car and drives it through a shop window. Max is a nice guy, but then he kills his whole family. Just for fun. Amar always seems so happy, so why is he trying to jump to his death from the school roof? No one can figure out why teenagers are behaving so strangely --- and dangerously. Stories of impossible car accidents, random attacks, even cold blooded murder make Miss Quill’s class sit up and take notice. Kids are going berserk, and some of them are even dying.  
by Patrick Ness and A.K. Benedict - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction
Tanya keeps having bad dreams about the old stone house around the corner from Coal Hill School --- and a girl trapped there, screaming and terrified. When Tanya and her friends go to investigate the strange house covered in cobwebs, they stumble onto their own worst nightmares come to life. But there is a presence haunting the house that is even more powerful than their individual horrors. A presence that may not want to let them go...
Written by Patrick Ness with illustrations by Jim Kay - Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult 12+

To celebrate the release of Patrick Ness’s acclaimed novel as a feature film, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, this gorgeous special edition of A MONSTER CALLS includes Jim Kay’s original illustrations as well as a comprehensive bonus section featuring enlightening new essays by the author (who also wrote the screenplay), interviews with the director, cast and crew, stills from the movie, exclusive behind-the-scenes content and previously unpublished early sketches by the illustrator, whose artwork inspires animated scenes in the film.

written by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Jim Kay - Fantasy, Horror, Youth Fiction

At seven minutes past midnight, 13 year old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting --- he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. 

by Patrick Ness - Humor, Paranormal, Supernatural, Youth Fiction

What if you aren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you're like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

by Patrick Ness - Young Adult 14+

A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown and completely abandoned. Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this...