And The Ocean Was Our Sky

by Patrick Ness, Rovina Cai

On Sale: 09/04/2018

And The Ocean Was Our Sky

by Patrick Ness

illustrated by Rovina Cai

On Sale: 09/04/2018

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About the Book

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Monster Calls comes a richly illustrated and lyrical tale, one that asks harrowing questions about power, loyalty, obsession, and the monsters we make of others.

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.

With the lush, atmospheric art of Rovina Cai woven in throughout, this remarkable work by Patrick Ness turns the familiar tale of Moby Dick upside down and tells a story all its own with epic triumph and devastating fate.

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Critical Praise

“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)

“An excellent, stirring counterpoint to the original text, rife with questions about the inexorable nature of belief and violence.” - School Library Journal (starred review)

“The whale epic, particularly Bathsheba’s discussions with the human hostage, mounts an exploration of inherited prejudices, violence justified, and the far-reaching consequences of war.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Fans moved by the author’s A Monster Calls will be especially gratified to see Ness revisit this type of mythic, philosophical storytelling artfully complemented by powerful illustrations.” - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

“Bathsheba’s story has heft, even though Ness’s book is significantly shorter than Melville’s... Rovina Cai’s illustrations are detailed and dream-like, her gray-scale with splashes of color depictions of the fathomless world an additional source of intensity in this already fierce tale.” - Shelf Awareness (starred review)

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062860729
  • ISBN 10: 0062860720
  • Imprint: HarperTeen
  • On Sale: 09/04/2018
  • Pages: 160
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC2 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Animals / Marine Life
  • BISAC3 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism

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