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The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Dave McKean

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 26mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0060530944
  • ISBN 13: 9780060530945
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,027

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In this Newbery Medal-winning novel, Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place--he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings--such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are being such as ghouls that aren't really one thing or the other.The Graveyard Book won the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal and is a Hugo Award Winner for Best Novel.Supports the Common Core State Standards

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By Rachel Fetherston 25 Mar 2011 5

This is the first Neil Gaiman book that I've read and I have to say I absolutely loved it. It is an incredible book which anyone should read if they get the chance, and it has encouraged me to read anything and everything that he's written! I'm currently studying an English unit called Children's Literature at university and this is one of the books we're studying. However, as much as it is a children's book, I found there were many aspects of it that I could relate to as a young adult, and I only wish I had indeed read this as a child so I could then compare the differences in perspective. The illustrations fitted the story perfectly, and I also enjoyed the fact that Gaiman didn't feel the need to tell the reader everything there was to know, thereby leaving some of the mystery of Bod's graveyard intact even after you've finished the story.

By TeensReadToo 01 Oct 2010 5

To start, I have to say that even though I have been reviewing young adult books, I have only been reviewing them from an adult point of view. I enjoyed reading this book so much and feel that, like his other book that I recently read, CORALINE, this is also a metaphor for growing up. That said, I shall revert to my young adult point of view.

I don't know that I knew much about metaphors and the like when I was younger, but overlooking any of that this was an awesome book to read. I enjoyed the characters throughout the book, especially the people who took care of Bod on a daily basis, like Miss Lupescu and Liza. The ending was kind of sad for me, though I knew it had to happen that way for the story to come to an end.

The story itself was very descriptive and I felt as if I was growing up along with Bod. The only thing that I would have changed is that I wanted to know more about The Jacks and the prophecy that they spoke of. THE GRAVEYARD BOOK is filled with wondrous creatures and I liked the few pictures that there were - they were very well-drawn and I would have liked to have seen more of them.

Overall, I rate this a fantastic read and give it 5 Stars.

Review quote

"I wish my younger self could have had the opportunity to read and re-read this wonderful book, and my older self wishes that I had written it."--Garth Nix, author of The Abhorsen Trilogy

Back cover copy

It takes a graveyard to raise a child.Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy--an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack--who has already killed Bod's family.