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The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Chris Riddell

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 22mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 5 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0747594805
  • ISBN 13: 9780747594802
  • Edition statement: Children's ed
  • Sales rank: 2,282

Product description

When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family. A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod's life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?

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Neil Gaiman is the multi-award-winning and bestselling author of Coraline and Stardust, both of which are major motion films. Neil also writes screenplays for other people's films as well as books for adults and picture books for younger readers. Neil is British and lives in the USA. He travels extensively promoting his books.

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By steve sabine 21 Sep 2010 5

Very original. A totally absorbing read. Neil Gaiman creates a brilliant world with interesting characters and sinister villains. If you want to read anything by Neil Gaiman read this book. I cannot recommend highly enough.

By Nuria Ortiz 15 Feb 2010 5

Reading Gaiman's story about Nobody Owens, I felt transported to my childhood nightmares, and I was compelled to believe in magical creatures again. It's an absorbing, thrilling, heart-warming story.

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'Thrilling, elegant and joyously macabre. You will love it to death' Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles 'One of the joys of reading Gaiman is how he subverts our expectations of magic, horror, fantasy and the mundane' The Times 'This brief, dark, savoury adventure deserves to become a modern classic of children's writing' Independent on Sunday 'Suspenseful, well-told and touching' The Sunday Times