Young Adult: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I tried this book a few times, but could never get to the end of the first chapter.  Even though it won the Newbery Award!!! After reading yet another recommendation by Book Aunt, I wanted to give it another shot.  The first chapter sounds a lot like a really boring version of the first chapter in Harry Potter The Sorcerer’s Stone:  family is killed except for the baby boy, who has an unlikely escape.  He ends up in a graveyard, where the inhabitants agree to protect him.  After I finally made it to the second chapter, the story picked up speed.  Nobody Owens (Bod for short) is a pretty well-adjusted child who is being tutored in skills of the dead, as well as typical academics, by the graveyard’s inhabitants.  His guardian is responsible for his food and other needs from outside of the cemetary.  The book follows his adventures for the next ten years or so:  visitors, his attempt at attending a real school, substitute guardians, and facing down the killer who returns to finish the job.  I ended up totally loving the imagination of this book.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by writingturtle on June 20, 2011 at 3:34 am

    I just bought it =D My friend has talked to Neil Gaiman… I’m so jealous. But anyway, I’m really excited to read this book!

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