The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (2008)

Pages: 320

ISBN: 9780060530921

Nobody “Bod” Owens is a normal boy who happens to live in a graveyard.  When Bod was a baby, his family was murdered and the graveyard he wandered into decided to take him in as one of their own.  The man responsible for his family’s deaths is still out there and looking for him.  Bod continues to walk in the strange place between the living and the dead while having many adventures and misadventures alike.

This series of short stories is nothing short of magical.  From the start Gaiman sucks you into the supernatural world that Nobody Owens inhabits.  Even though the majority of the characters are dead, they are vibrantly alive in the reader’s imagination.  The graveyard itself is a vividly dark character that seems to beckon you.  While the narrative is essentially a retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, it is an emotional story of its own that shows you how wonderful it truly is to be alive.

The audio book, narrated  by Gaiman himself, is absolutely fantastic.  He has given each character their own voice and sends your imagination souring.  This really is an audio book that should be heard.  To get a sample of what it sounds like, here is Neil Gaiman reading the first chapter of the book during his book tour.

The Graveyard Book won the 2009 Newbery Medal, the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Novel, and the Carnegie Medal in 2010.

Score: 5 out of 5

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About Michelle

I'm a Midwest girl who has landed herself on the east coast. I spend my days in libraryland. My passion/specialty is graphic novels, manga, and anime. For a few weekends of the year you will find me at an anime convention somewhere on the east coast.

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