Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Date of Publication: September 30th, 2008
After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…
Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.
This is my first Gaiman book ever. I can’t believe I haven’t read any because Stardust and Coraline are two of my favorite movies. I have also always been weirdly fascinated by graveyards—the atmosphere, the emotions, the utter calmness.
Anyway, this book begins rather dark with a boy’s parents being murdered. I read in some reviews that some people found that a little too dark, but even in Harry Potter, his parents are murdered with him right there. Same goes for The Lion King, etc. The ghosts of the graveyard take the boy in and give him a name—Nobody Owens.
Bod is an interesting character, and I enjoyed his attachment to the ghosts and the graveyard. I also felt the atmosphere was awesome, and Gaiman’s storytelling was phenomenal along with the subtle creepiness.
I know if I had read this book during my junior high years, I would have been hugely obsessed with it. This is a great Halloween read as well! And I will definitely be checking out Stardust next to see how that one compares to the film!
Have you read any Gaiman books?