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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
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Jun 11, 10

bookshelves: school-related-reading, lsc530, library, fantasy, favorites, middle-grade
Read on June 10, 2010

The Graveyard Book tells the story of Nobody “Bod” Owens. After his family is murdered by the man Jack, Bod, still a toddler, innocently wanders from his home and into a graveyard. Here he is taken in by a pair of ghost, and raised by all of the dead. The story then follows him as he grows from a baby to a young man. The biggest charm of The Graveyard Book comes in the many characters that Bod encounters in The Graveyard, which include ghosts, witches, werewolves and ghouls. The way that Gaiman creates a feeling of normalcy and friendship in such an unusual place as a graveyard is quite impressive. Bod is also an interesting protagonist, and children and adults alike should enjoy watching him grow form an innocent child to a more complicated young man. The book itself is divided into eight chapters that tell stories about the adventures Bod encounters over the years. Most of the chapters have the added bonus as being able to stand alone as short stories. The stories are relatively lighthearted but become darker as Bod grows older and learns about the man who killed his parents.

With elements of The Jungle Book, Rhoad Dahl, and Tim Burton, The Graveyard Book is a satisfying, and surprisingly friendly tale about life and death and everything in between. It deserves all of the attention and awards it has been getting over the past year or so.
Recommended Grade Level- 3-5
(This review was written for a class)
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