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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
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May 07, 14

bookshelves: tweens-and-teens, fantasy, 2010, favorites
Read in December, 2010

Basic plot: a small boy escapes from the house while his family is murdered while they sleep. Ghosts in a graveyard take him in and raise him as he grows up in these unusual circumstances.

Neil Gaiman continues to impress me with his writing. This book was really dark for kids' fare, but still had warmth to it. It truly was a kids' book, but definitely appealing to adults, especially parents. The first few pages had my mothering instincts in hyperdrive, while the last few sent those same instincts into a kind of sad anticipation.

There is an interesting mythology Gaiman has created here. I would be interested to see if he decides to continue it in some way, but will be equally happy if he doesn't. Sometimes it's really nice to read a book you know will stand on its own, no sequel needed.
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