The Short Life of Siobhan Dowd: Background information when reading A Monster Calls

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A Monster Calls

Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd

by Siobhan Dowd, Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls
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    Sep 2011, 224 pages
    Mar 2013, 224 pages

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The Short Life of Siobhan Dowd

The seed for A Monster Calls came from Siobhan Dowd (pronounced sh-vawn), a gifted writer who earned critical and popular success for her young adult fiction and received much praise for her work speaking out against censorship. She brought authors into underprivileged schools, made literature accessible to children around the globe, and led numerous community projects.

Siobhan Dowd Her first novel, A Swift Pure Cry (2006), was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and the BookTrust Teenage Prize, and her subsequent novels - The London Eye Mystery (2007), Bog Child (2008), and Solace of the Road (2009) - have earned her dozens of awards.

Dowd spent much of her career working for both the English and American branches of PEN ("poets/playwrights, essayists, novelists"), an organization whose initiatives include "promotion of literature, international campaigning on issues such as translation and freedom of expression, and improving access to literature at international, regional, and...

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