The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

17 Nov

Bibliography: Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book. HarperCollins, 2008. 312 pages. Tr. $18.94, ISBN 978-0-06-053093-8

Plot: After his mother and father are murdered by a Jack of all trades, a baby climbs out of his crib and wanders into the night to escape the vicious killer. This is unfortunate for Jack, because the baby was his prime target. Although, the baby ends up in the graveyard where a nice ghost couple, Mr. and Mrs. Owens who had no children of their own, takes him in. It is decided among the other graveyard attendants that the Owenses will raise the baby and they all name him Nobody, or Bod for short.The mysterious Silas helps sponsor Bod’s upbringing and education. Being in the graveyard helps protect Bod from Jack for a good long time, but Jack eventually finds out where Bod is staying and will try anything to get to him. His graveyard family protects Bod as much as they can, but will Jack get to him after all?

Review: This is a captivating book about a little boy named Nobody (aka Bod). After his parents were killed by a dangerous murderer, Bod, being a baby, crawls to the graveyard and is taken in by a nice ghost couple. He is raised in the graveyard and sponsored by a mysterious man named Silas. The murderer, Jack, who killed Bod’s parents when he was a kid is still after him and will do anything to find his target, Bod. The other members of the graveyard lend Bod their help and keep him protected as much as they can, being ghosts, but Jack is relentless. This book is a wonderful story filled with a delightful cast of ghosts for the characters. Told in a narrative that is sure to reel you in. It may hold a few horrors and dreadful scenes, but the story is a happy one about hope and life. Children will love reading about the little boy named Nobody and discovering the mystery of his past and future.

Genre: Mystery/Horror/Supernatural/Ghosts

Reading Level/Interest Level: 5.3/5-8 graders

Similar Materials: Coroline by Neil Gaiman, The Wildwood Chronicles by Colin Meloy

Reader’s Advisory: Winner of the 2009 Newbery Medal, this book is a wonderful addition to anyone’s bookshelf. Neil Gaiman is a great author and he proves it with The Graveyard Book. He writes for all ages, but his writing is always good. This book a great choice for all teen readers.

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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in LIBR 264-10 Digital Record


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