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      Graveyard Book, The

      by Neil Gaiman
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      Product Details

      • Publisher: HarperCollins
      • Publishing date: 01/10/2008
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-13: 9780060530921
      • ISBN: 0060530928

      Synopsis

      In The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman has created a charming allegory of childhood. Although the book opens with a scary scene--a family is stabbed to death by "a man named Jack” --the story quickly moves into more child-friendly storytelling. The sole survivor of the attack--an 18-month-old baby--escapes his crib and his house, and toddles to a nearby graveyard. Quickly recognizing that the baby is orphaned, the graveyard's ghostly residents adopt him, name him Nobody ("Bod"), and allow him to live in their tomb. Taking inspiration from Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Gaiman describes how the toddler navigates among the headstones, asking a lot of questions and picking up the tricks of the living and the dead. In serial-like episodes, the story follows Bod's progress as he grows from baby to teen, learning life’s lessons amid a cadre of the long-dead, ghouls, witches, intermittent human interlopers. A pallid, nocturnal guardian named Silas ensures that Bod receives food, books, and anything else he might need from the human world. Whenever the boy strays from his usual play among the headstones, he finds new dangers, learns his limitations and strengths, and acquires the skills he needs to survive within the confines of the graveyard and in wider world beyond. (ages 10 and up) -–Heidi Broadhead

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      • The best thing about this is the writing, for sure.
        From Amazon

        Summary: When Nobody Owens was a baby, his family was murdered by a mysterious man. He was supposed to die that night as well, but he managed to escape. He wandered along the old cemetery where he was discovered by the dead inhabiting the place. That same night, they decided to keep him to raise him as theirs. In the graveyard, is where he now lives. This is his story. Review: I didn't really like Coraline by Neil Gaiman -- too out there and creepy! -- but I really enjoyed The Graveyard Book. First off, seeing as it is written by someone like Neil Gaiman, it was quite expected that the plot and premise are going to be original and creative. The writing was, for lack of a better word, superb. I honestly felt like I was reading poetry the entire time. His prose and worldplay is just plain simple, but lovely. The characters are strong. The plot development -- effortless. Also in the book, there are some illustrations included that truly captured the overall dark and creepy feel of the story of Nobody Owens and the graveyard. Overall, it's a great novel. Its biggest strength though, at least in my opinion, would be that it is extremely well-written. Neil Gaiman is able to mix an amazing mixture of things you never thought would go well together; dark, light, humor, creepy, scary, terrifying, and wonderful all at the same time. I definitely recommend this as well, but only to certain readers. Personally, I don't believe this is appropriate for anyone younger than 10 years old, as it is quite dark for anyone of that age, but of course, it's all up to the parents in the end. Mostly, this would be a great and unique read for junior readers and older.

      • WRONG CATEGORY -- NOT A GRAPHIC NOVEL!!!
        From Amazon

        Although I am sure the story is OK I was extremely disappointed when I received this Young Adult Reader that Amazon has misleadingly categorized as a GRAPHIC NOVEL!

      • The Graveyard Book
        From Amazon

        To all who have never heard of Neil Gaiman,this book may look a little boring. In truth though this book is a fantastically written book for all readers. The Graveyard Book is really a deep story about a kid who wants to be normal. Bod was just a little boy when his parents were murdered. In those times, Bod found sancturary in a graveyard filled with busy ghosts. As Bod grew he became more aware of his situation that his killer was still out there. Soon Bod became a teenager longing for a friend. In the end though Bod finds his killer and a friend at the same time. This story is atrue classic that will leave you wanting more. :)

      • An interesting book full of imagination and adventure.
        From Amazon

        When Bod's (short for Nobody) family are killed by the man Jack, he is taken in by a family of ghosts in a graveyard, which becomes his home. But Jack and his evil organization are still after Bod, and he has to keep himself protected, and maybe even overcome the men Jack. Neil Gaiman puts lots of imagination into this fun read, and you won't want to put it down. -- Elaina

      • Imagine living people having the abilities of the dead.
        From Amazon

        That's what happens to "Nobody" Owens! In this ghoulish book, a baby orphan whose parents were killed fled towards a graveyard. The ghosts of the Graveyard agree to raise him till the end of his childhood. But why did the killer murder his parents and sister; and is he next? I think this book is good for I imagine myself being "Nobody" Owens. The details and the well-used words of Neil Gaiman were extraordinary! Also, we should give thanks to Dave McKean for the great illustrations. My favorite part is the mysteriousness of "Nobody" Owens. The teachers don't know him; only the ghosts know him. All people think about him is that he's an orphan. But the most important thing that they don't know is; he's not normal. I think that kids that are brave and who like scary things or who read Neil Gaiman's book "Coraline" should read this. (Note: "Coraline" is now a movie) (Another note: People who are freaked out because of Ghosts and Ghouls maybe shouldn't read this book.) -- Andrew

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