The Possibility of Patrick Ness

This week, while seeking out first run numbers for several books, I'm excited to say, I stumbled upon an author (& set of books) I'd not yet heard of. I started reading reviews and checking out book prices, and to my surprise the reviews were excellent and the book values worthy of adding to my collectibles list.

(From Wikipedia) Patrick Ness, an American author living in London "has published four novels. The Knife of Never Letting Go, his first novel for children, won numerous awards, including the Booktrust Teenage Prize, the Guardian Award, and the 2008 James Tiptree, Jr. Award. It [was] shortlisted for the 2009 Carnegie Medal. In January 2010 he won the 2009 Costa Book Award for the category children's book for The Ask and the Answer."

There's a great article on Ness from Publishers Weekly here.

The Synopsis:
Todd Hewitt is the only boy left in Prentisstown, a small settlement on New World where all boys become men at the age of 13. He begins the novel oblivious to Prentisstown’s history, having been told that all women have been killed by a ‘germ’ released by the native species on his planet known as Spackles. As a side effect of this germ, the remaining men in Prentisstown can hear each other's thoughts, described as an ever present cascade of ‘Noise’. [Wikipedia]
The first novel in the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Knife of Never Letting Go, was first published by Walker Books in the U.K. (May 5, 2008) and then by Candlewick Press in the U.S. (September 9, 2008).  Candlewick's first print run, according to Publishers Weekly, was 10,000 copies (no numbers were found for the U.K. editions). It received a starred review from Booklist, in addition to winning several awards. Signed U.K. firsts list for up to $400 on Abebooks. Although copies can be found for less than half that. Amazon is currently offering two signed editions from $125 (although one states that it's the first US edition, the other a first U.K.)

The second novel in the series is The Ask and the Answer, -  published by Walker Books in the U.K. (May 4, 2009) and Candlewick Press (September 8, 2009). Candlewick's first print run was 20,000+. Signed U.K. firsts list for up to $200 on Abebooks. Amazon lists one U.K. first for $140. No definitive prices were found for U.S. firsts.

The third novel in the series is Monsters of Men - published by Walker Books in the U.K. (May 3, 2010) and Candlewick Press in the U.S. (September 28, 2010). Candlewick's first print run was 40,000. Signed first U.K. editions list for up to $100 on Abebooks. Amazon is listing one signed U.K. copy for $65 (though, it's not clear if it's a first edition or not). No definitive prices were found for U.S. firsts.

Wikipedia also lists a fourth book, which appears to be a stand-alone & not part of the Chaos Walking Trilogy: A Monster Calls, slated for release by Walker Books in May 2011.

More information can be found on Patrick Ness' Web site.

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