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From the multi-award-winning author of A Monster Calls and a stunningly talented Australian illustrator comes a haunting tale of power and obsession that turns the story of Moby Dick upside down.
Patrick Ness is the award-winning and bestselling author of the ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy, A Monster Calls, More Than This, The Rest of Us Just Live Here and Release. John Green has described him as ‘an insanely beautiful writer’. He has won every major prize in children’s fiction, including the Carnegie Medal twice. He has written the screenplay for the film adaptation of A Monster Calls and the BBC Doctor Who spin-off television series, Class. The first film in the ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy is slated for release in 2019.
Rovina Cai creates illustrations that evoke a sense of intrigue and she is often inspired by the past. From myths and fairytales to gothic novels, she loves stories that bring a little bit of magic and wonder to the present day. She lives in Melbourne, and you can see more of her work here.
Hear Patrick Ness talk about what inspired And the Ocean Was Our Sky in the video below.
‘Wrenching, dark, and powerful.’—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
‘In his latest, the critically acclaimed and wildly divergent Ness, never one for convention, takes the story of Moby-Dick, pares it down to its basic parts, and quite literally inverts it … Ness’ writing—spare, thought provoking, and already dramatic—is utterly enhanced by Cai’s breathtaking artwork.’ —Booklist (starred review)
‘Mind-bendingly brilliant and fearlessly strange. We are swallowed by the ocean, in all its menace and majesty.’—Frances Hardinge, author of The Lie Tree
You can read the first chapter (and get a glimpse at some of the breathtaking illustrations) here.
For your chance to receive one of five finished copies of And the Ocean Was Our Sky, signed by Patrick Ness and Rovina Cai, email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘And the Ocean Was Our Sky Giveaway’ in the subject line and tell us why you’re excited to read the book! The five most creative responses will win a copy after the book’s release in September.
(Illustrations © Rovina Cai 2018.)
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