THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
BY NEIL GAIMAN
PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is just a normal boy—except he lives in a graveyard, is being raised by ghosts, has a guardian who is neither dead nor alive, befriends a witch, and is being hunted by the man Jack who has already killed his family. Okay, maybe he is not so normal, but Neil Gaiman has created such a fantastic set of characters, including Bod, that it will be normal for you to love them.
As dark as this story seems at first glance, Gaiman’s creativity has set it apart from others in its genre. His unique creatures go beyond their normal literary characterizations; his intriguing setting choice could easily have been overlooked but was treated with great imagination; and, his simplistic but inventive writing style lends itself to the best sort of storytelling!
And don’t miss out on the audio book version – its phenomenal! Gaiman reads it himself and nothing can compare to his ability to create a truly Gothic-style tale both mysterious and charming that becomes real and almost possible.
BOOK SUMMARY: 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.
9780061551895 – AUDIO $29.95 – HARPERCOLLINS