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TEENS: Spotlight on author Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is a British-American author, journalist, lecturer and screenwriter. Born in the United States, Mr. Ness moved to London and holds dual citizenship. He is best known for his books for young adults, including the Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls. Read more about Mr. Ness and his books on his website. Place holds on his books, or check here for information on accessing them as ebooks.


Burn by Patrick Ness

 BurnAvailable on Overdrive/Libby

 Sarah Dewhurst and her father are forced to hire a dragon to work their farm, something only the poorest of the poor ever have to resort to. The dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye, though. Sarah can't help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn't have a soul but who is seemingly intent on keeping her safe. Because the dragon knows something she doesn't. He has arrived at the farm with a prophecy on his mind. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents in hot pursuit -- and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.

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 The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Knife Never Letting Go

Available on Overdrive/Libby

Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.



Release by Patrick Ness

 ReleaseAvailable on Hoopla

 Adam Thorn doesn't know it yet, but today will change his life. 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 (he does love Linus, doesn't he?) 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. Time is running out, though. Because way across town, a ghost has just risen from the lake.


The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

 Rest of UsAvailable on Hoopla and Overdrive/Libby

 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. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week's end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.


 More Than This by Patrick Ness

More Than ThisAvailable on Overdrive/Libby

Seth cannot figure out if he is dead or alive. He cannot figure out where he is, though it seems as if he is in the English town he lived in as a child before his family moved to America.


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