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8 stars

The Graveyard Book

AR: 5.1
Lexile: 820
RC: 5.4
by Neil Gaiman     Illus. by Dave McKean
Normal-length Novel
Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Newberry Medal Award

A toddler's family gets killed by an evil man called Jack, but the toddler escapes out the house and ends up in a graveyard near his house. The residents of the graveyard, spirits of the dead that have been buried there over the centuries, decide to adopt him and raise him as one of their own. With the help of a mysterious caretaker called Silas, they teach the child, who they name Nobody (Bod, for short), the ways of the graveyard. With his new ghost-like skills, will Bod be able to keep safe when the man Jack comes back to finish the job?

This book is by one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman. He writes stories that are fantastical and often macabre, and this one surely is. The whole thing takes place in a graveyard! However, it is not a "scary" story, in spite of its setting. It is interesting and, toward the end, adventurous. Bod and all the souls raising him are interesting characters, so even though it's kind of "talky", it's not boring.

If you are a fan of "atmospheric" adventures, or a fan of Gaiman's terrific Coraline, I definitely suggest you check out The Graveyard Book.

(Last modified:06/02/2011)

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