The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family . . .

I loved this book, and it has the charisma and magic that keeps me going on reading it and having fun as I read it. A great book. Neil Gaiman kicks it all off with a triple homicide that shakes Bod’s world. Bod’s parents and older sibling are killed and only Bod himself escapes as a crawling, wandering toddler.

This is no sweet, heart-warming story of candy and butterflies. It’s got a heart-warming ending, but in it’s own way. It’s well-written and  the plot-line is exciting. It’s really nice to see Bod grow up from a child to an adult. He makes you realize and think about what it means to be alive and what you can do with your life. Great book, 4.3 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 312


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