The Graveyard Book by Neil GaimanThe Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book

byNeil GaimanIllustratorDave McKeanForeword byMargaret Atwood

Paperback | December 24, 2018

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The 10th anniversary edition of The Graveyard Book includes a foreword by Margaret Atwood as well as sketches from the illustrator, handwritten drafts, and Neil Gaiman’s Newbery acceptance speech.


Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family.

The Graveyard Book, a modern classic, is the only work ever to win both the Newbery (US) and Carnegie (UK) medals.

Neil Gaiman is the #1New York Timesbestselling author of more than twenty books, and is the recipient of numerous literary honors. Originally from England, he now lives in America.
Title:The Graveyard BookFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:368 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 1.02 inShipping dimensions:7.62 × 5.12 × 1.02 inPublished:December 24, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060530944

ISBN - 13:9780060530945


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique I finally got around to reading this and wasnt disappointed. The author has an interesting writing style and an amazing imagination! I do love this book and hope to share it was others. The only thing I didnt like was hor rushed the explanation at the end was. Still great though!
Date published: 2019-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story This Neil Gaiman book is a winner. Loved the whole idea of a boy raised in a graveyard by the ghosts who reside there.
Date published: 2018-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Truly a great read this book holds such imagination in it, and is definitely a great read!
Date published: 2018-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Not quite what I was expecting - and this sometimes typical of Neil Gaiman's work - but a great read and may not be suitable for some young readers.
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! Creepy and cute. I would never think those two words could go side-by-side to describe a book, but alas. This is actually the first novel I have read of Neil Gaiman’s (only have read his graphic novels). I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed his writing style! It has an old fashioned tone to it, with a modern and creative twist. I really enjoyed this dark and sinister story of a living boy being raised by ghosts. The book is a mixture of fighting evil while realizing that death is just another adventure! Again, cute but creepy!
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderfully original A sort of homage to The Jungle Book wrapped in a murder-mystery, Gaiman shares his love of graveyards with this story of a boy raised by ghosts. Dave McKean's eerie and evocative black and white illustrations help set the tone of this unusual but ultimately sweet and heartfelt story. Definitely worth a read.
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creative read I like the book, I am encouraging my kids to read it as well, would love to see this turned into a movie eventually
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood favorite This is one of the few books I reread multiple times as a child. I first heard it as an audiobook. Great characters.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story! Easily one of my favourite books this year and one of my top favourites by mega-author Neil Gaiman. It was charming, witty, unique, and a little creepy at times. I love the diverse characters in the graveyard and how they support and look after Bod in their own way. Bod is a great character and I loved watching him encounter both living worlds and the dead. There was actually a fair dose of action and suspense and a few twists, all of which lead to a bittersweet ending. The drawings in the book added to the moody atmosphere. All in all, I wanted to spend more time in this wonderfully creepy novel. Definitely recommending this to all lovers of urban fantasy, unique concepts, and beautifully story-telling from a master of the art. Not to be missed!
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not just for kids One of Neil Gaiman's best stories, read it at 18, still loved it.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Prose and Design This book was FANTASTIC. It's been awhile since I finished a book that was a standalone with no chance of sequels, so finishing this book and knowing that that was it? That was the first time in a while. And you know what? I'm satisfied. I finished this book not wanting or feeling like I was missing anything. It was complete, but still had such a world of possibilities left behind in the words Gaiman left unsaid. This novel was beautifully crafted. Gaiman's prose fascinates me, and although it didn't leave a lasting impression when I read "Coraline", I do feel that I'll probably remember this book for a long, long while, if not forever. I had a lot of fun reading this novel; I hated putting it down! And knowing that the adventure was almost over made me reluctant to finish it. Quick note on the characters: they were brilliantly. Very diverse, and very unique in their voices. I love how nuanced they are, particularly Bod. As for the dead, despite their lack of life, I felt like they were real, flesh and blood people I could meet. Gaiman really brought his characters to life. As for the illustrations, McKean's style is beautiful. There are parts I like more, just like there are parts I like less, but all in all, the illustrations did not impose, but rather integrated themselves nicely in the story. My favourites were the ones on pages 95, 134, 274 and 288-289. Stunning. I would have liked to see an illustration of Miss Lupescu though, in either form. But anyway. Fantastic in every way, "The Graveyard Book" was exactly the fulfilling kind of book I've been looking for for awhile now. I'll definitely give "The Jungle Book" a read someday, so I can see the parallels.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was ok I usually enjoy Neil Gaiman's books, but this one didn't do it for me
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for all ages Though written as a children's book, I found this to be immensely enjoyable as an adult.
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different is good! This book is characterized as a children's read but I read it as an adult. It is nothing like I have ever read. It is very different but interesting! I couldn't put it down. Not sure if I would read this to young children but would recommend it to adults! Know of adults that have read it and did not enjoy it so it is definitely not for everyone.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I can see the inspiration It's the Junglebook in a graveyard instead
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I really enjoyed this book, I think the book is originally intended for childern, but as an adult I had a great time reading this book I didn't wanna put the book down and I didn't want the book to finish, both are very good signs to me I think the way Neil Gaiman creates the world he is describing, is so amazing that you see the images in your mind, without giving too many boring descriptions, you just get enough description to use your own imagination
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok not as good as I originally thought it would be
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing Worth it. Very interesting and happy to have it in my library.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Gaiman Man…if I could have dinner with any author…Neil Gaiman’s would have to be one I’d consider. In typical Gaiman fashion, it’s a long game story with some creepy and weird paranormal characters and plot. I think this would’ve been a fantastic book for me when I was younger so I could’ve associated with the main character more. I love the family he finds and creates. Not everyone is born and raised in a situation with such a devoted support system build into your blood family so you make your own. I knew Mr. Frost was involved and I feel like that was the beauty of this book. It’s something I could see kids finding scary but I could see adults enjoying it and having the ability to foresee things a paragraph before they happen. I really want to get my hands on the graphic novel version now. The full cast audiobook was fantastic!
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok caught my attention almost immediately and I could not put it down. Great read
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Couldn't connect I tried to like this book, but I just couldn't really get into it, it started out well but then just plateaued. The plot did move but what happened didn't interest me. I felt bad for Bod but I just couldn't relate to him and the story telling fell flat. I wish I could get to know the ghosts' personalities a little more or even have something more interesting happen with the ghosts. The Jack character just didn't interest me and I found that story line boring.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully dark Made me fall in love with graveyards all over again. There is a beauty in death that not very many can see.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite by Gaiman I loved Coraline but this one stole my heart, just the perfect mix between scary, magical and sad...brilliant book overall.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, easy read Felt that the plot was a little bit predictable but still a very entertaining read. Lots of interesting side stories within the chapters, and felt like there was less of a continuous plot during the middle of the book. Not my favourite Neil Gaiman book but still really enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brillant Book Brilliant book loved this story.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nobody Rocks! Nobody Owens is a protagonist who you would learn to like. If you're a fan of friendly ghosts and ghost-sitters who try to help a human boy then Graveyard Book is the book for you. This is a good coming of age story with a touch of mystery and fantasy.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming This was such a sweet novel, as expected from Neil Gaiman. His works haven't disappointed me yet!
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant by far my favourite neil gaiman book
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is Gaiman at his very best! This coming of age story is brilliant, weird and just scary enough to interest everyone.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely incredible I'd been meaning to get my hands on some Gaiman material for a while and started with this at the recommendation of a friend. I can't begin to express how much this story made me feel. It's heartwarming in ways I was not expecting for a "teen" novel – definitely a must read for all ages. Cannot recommend enough.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Very intriguing from beginning to end. Could not put this down.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story This was a really beautiful and touching book, Neil Gaiman is an incredible author. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greaat!! Loved it! it is written for a younger audience but still so imaginative!
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for any age Didn't realize that this was geared toward a younger audience but the story was so rich I didn't even notice. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Writing Gaiman is one of the greatest writers out there. His stories are unique and full of magic. This one was no different
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful in its simplicity A short and fantastic example of Neil Gaiman's ability to tell a short, sparse story that gives you everything you need. Loved it!
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! It pains me to admit this, but I actually had to put this novel down at one point for about a month before I was able to continue. I think it's one of those books you have to be in the 'mood' for...or at least that was the case for me. After stopping myself from trying to force read it when I picked the book back up and completed it I ended up loving it. It would be a great spooky, yet not scary read for middle grade readers and is still able to be enjoyed by adults , such as I.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Super cute story, lovable characters, and crazy adventures. Easy & light read but the ending still got me feeling a little sad.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A beautiful homage to Kipling's Jungle Book My first encounter with Neil Gaiman was several years ago in his Sandman graphic novel series... I started the first one, got too scared and had to put it down. Last year I was reintroduced to his work The Ocean at the End of the Lane in a book club and could not put it down. I heard that The Graveyard Book had a similar tone, so I got it from the library. And it's true! I didn't want this book to end. It's telling is sweet and sad and a little bit dark. It reminded me a little of Grimm's Fairy Tales in its nonchalant approach to murder. Though I didn't find it as compelling the whole way through as The Ocean (I think because it is a children's/tween aged book and I'm 35) but I really enjoyed the read. The characters are explored beautifully and plot is developed thoughtfully, the story is believable while still being obviously fantastical. I read this book for this years book bingo square entitled "a retelling of a classic" because the story is intended to pay homage to Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book". It truly is a coming of age tale, and like Mowgli struggles between the wild and the tame, Bod struggles with his 'gift' of straddling the border between the living and the dead. The reason is very similar, I think, in the living and the tame both lack the wisdom of surrender inherent to the wild and the dead. The depth of this perspective is vital to true happiness in life and bares repeating over and over. I hope the generations exposed to The Graveyard Book gain wisdom from this book and are enticed to read the Jungle Book over again as adults. I'm giving this book four stars because while it opened my mind and deepened my sense of living life, I don't know that I would read it over. I would definitely recommend it to others though!
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #plumreview An excellent read for children and adults alike. Tugs at your heart and leaves you wanting more stories about Bod and the wonderfully weird cast of characters.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Story The quality of young adult fiction has improved greatly since I was a kid and this book is the hard proof! Great story, engaging characters that you care about like mad and an ending that leaves you wanting more Bod. Sequel, please!!
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Enjoyable I didn't think I would like this one, but I found it to be very interesting. The plot is great and the characters are rich and original. A great book.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Original and enjoyable Thought this book was very original. Gaiman created really lovable and eccentric family for Bod. I really liked that it was basically a series of short stories that are tied together by an overarching plot.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! I loved this book. It was such a good story with a wonderful world and atmosphere. I loved the characters and thought the whole thing was just gorgeous. .... I do think, though, that some parts were too scary and intense for ten-year-olds.... If I read this at ten, I would have had nightmares. But I'm not ten, so it didn't scare me and I loved it. Ha.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining I really enjoyed this story, it's unique and interesting and has the perfect level of creepiness and weirdness without alienating readers #PlumReview
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique and Wonderful Bod is a beautiful character, and this idea is fantastic. The story is great, the characters are terribly lovable, and Gaiman is genius.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from so so wasn't the best book but wasn't to bad
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! One of the best young reader book I have ever read (even as an adult). The ending is fantastic and actually made me teary-eyed!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Story. Well Written. Neil Gaiman created a dark world of wonder in this story. Main character Bod is captivating, and the storyline is creative.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this book. I was looking for a new book to read and had read a previous book by Neil Gaiman that I very much enjoyed so I decided to buy another book and do not regret it. Such imagination and creativity that I found I got lost in another world, that I could sit there and really imagine the story in my mind. A great read.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from For more younger readers I love Neil Gaiman's work and Coraline is my favorite out of all of his work so I decided to give this a try. It had me at first but I found this to be to kid oriented part way through.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! First book I read of Neil Gaiman. Would definitely read more books of his. Love his style!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Neil Gaiman has always been one of my favorite authors, and this book is just another reason why. He always manages to make his novels complex and yet, so simple. I read this book in one sitting as I was so enthralled by its compelling themes and vivacious characters. A must-read.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books of all time! This is the second book I’ve read by Neil Gaiman, and I absolutely loved it! Admittedly, the brilliance of this novel did not hit me until I closed the book, took a deep breath, and just thought “whoa.” This book is a masterpiece that will stick with me for a long time and I definitely want to read it again! I finished the majority of this book in one sitting because I simply could not put it down. I would definitely recommend this book for children and adults alike! I loved the way this novel was written in that it told different stories about Bod’s adventures growing up in the graveyard at different ages and elements of all the described events played a part in the stunning conclusion. I was enthralled all the way through this novel, loved following Bod on his adventures, and was intrigued by why the man Jack killed Bod’s family and wanted to kill him. Along with enjoying the fantastical plot, the themes I felt this book was trying to portray really touched me. I wrote down many quotes from this book, that’s for sure! I loved how Gaiman played with the concepts of life and death. Death is something many people fear because of the unknown. We don’t know what happens to us after death. However, Gaiman flipped this idea saying that life is the greatest unknown adventure. Bod is a boy who has lived among the dead in a graveyard for his entire life, and he says himself that death is no mystery to him. It is when Bod ventures out into the world of the living, that the real unknown adventure begins. I absolutely loved that :) This book definitely won a special place in my heart! It is certainly one to read the kids someday! I have to say, Neil Gaiman is an author I definitely want to explore more and I can’t wait to pick up some of his adult novels like American Gods or The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Hopefully we’ll see some reviews of those soon, but for now I cannot recommend The Graveyard Book enough! This book is an absolute gem.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So beautiful I couldn't put it down. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read Interesting read with a creepy twist. Although marketed as a young adult novel I found suitable for an older reader. I did find that although was marketed as a scary novel for someone that reads horror novels seemed more to only have a spooky atmosphere from the setting being a graveyard. Would recommend for people that are looking for a good Halloween book but find horror novels to be too scary.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for all ages; A Must Read! I purchased this book because it was recommended to me on the website as I have purchased many Gaiman books in the past. I picked it up on my way home from work that evening and had it done before bed that night! The book just takes you in to a whole new world and does not let you go. It is delightful, and the plot is creative with some twists and turns you would not have expected. I am very pleased with this book, however Neil Gaiman as an author has never been one to disappoint! His novel "the graveyard book" is a must read for all ages. I felt like I was watching Bod grow alongside all of the ghosts that were raising him, I felt like I was there... watching him hurt, watching him laugh... Gaiman has a way of writing as if writing you into the story. Reading this book took an evening of my time, and left me with a glorious experience I can hold onto. I will definitely re read this book in future!
Date published: 2016-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book for all ages; a fresh supernatural story This book is a winner from the first chapter on. It's great for kids not only from 9-12 but from 12-100 as well. It's creative and imaginative, and it's well written so it draws you into Bod's graveyard as if it were real. The characters are delightful, particularly Silas. There's a little bit of mystery, a little bit of danger, a good dose of excitement, and lots of heart. It's a pleasure watching Bod grow and see his world view expanding beyond the graveyard. The supernatural/paranormal genre is a big fad in a lot of books these days, but this one feels fresh and new, like it's something truly unique that's never been done before and not the same old, same old. However, the themes in it (particularly Bod's coming of age story) are timeless. I really appreciated the uniqueness of the book. I also enjoyed how each chapter was like another adventure in Bod's life so it made for great bus reading material, because I could knock off a chapter on the ride to work and be satisfied with a bit of closure in that particular adventure by the time I got to my destination. The illustrations were also excellent, adding exactly the right feeling to the book. Very well done. Really worth reading, and worth adding to your library. If you're looking for more after finishing this one, I highly recommend Coraline, also by Neil Gaiman with illustrations by Dave McKean.
Date published: 2016-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sinister This is a delightful, creepy, sophisticated read. I'm well out of the range of 'young adult' but couldn't put this thing down--what an enchanting story. From the opening lines: "In the darkness, there was a hand. It held a knife" (paraphrasing here, I don't have the book in front of me) I was hooked! To the very last lines, which left the story of Bod, the boy who escapes a horrible fate and winds up in a graveyard adopted by the friendly (albeit, dead) residents, lingering. Gaiman has a magical imagination and while this is 'young adult' it's very haunting, very dark. This is great Gothic lit to get the kids started on with some cool illustrations along the way. If you enjoyed Coraline, you'll love the Graveyard Book.
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would. All the reviews and the fact that the book won an award made me have high expectations, but the story was really slow and I haven't been able to force myself into finishing it. It's probably the book on my bookshelf that I hate the most.
Date published: 2013-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant - a must read for every child over 10 Mini Book Review: How does one review a classic? (Yes I know this book isn't a classic in the traditional sense of the word. ) How can one put into words the sheer delight one gets from a brilliant story without it doing it an injustice. I have always been leery of children's books that have been awarded literary prizes. Often they are more books adults enjoy than those of the intended audience. However, I had heard so many glowing reviews of this book I finally purchased a copy almost 10 months ago. It's sat beside my bed since than glaring at me to read, but I couldn't do it as I had so many other books that had to be reviewed first. Now, after finishing it I truly feel saddened that I hadn't read it sooner and been able to wax poetically about it to the customers of the Chapters I work at. This is a book that will appeal to children of all ages (well maybe 9+ as it is dark and spooky and may freak out the more sensitive child - like my Jake). It reminds me of the joy I used to get as a child losing myself in a fantastical tale. It is written by a man who obviously remembers what it was like to be a child. It doesn't pander to the idea that children won't understand the darkness of life & should be shielded from death. This is a book that should be promoted in school as kids will read and want to talk about. This is the type of book that should be used for class projects instead of that depressing crap about the prairies (yes I still have issues about this) This is the type of tale that will install in children the joy of the written word. Ok, enough, this is supposed to be a mini review - just go buy the darn thing for yourself and for your children. I am keeping my copy for Jake for when he is ready for it. Mr Gaiman you are a truly gifted storyteller and I bow at your feet! 5 Dewey's I purchased this from the Indigo at the Eaton Centre the day before I left Toronto
Date published: 2013-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightfully Bittersweet Calling all Neil Gaiman fans! If you love dark & whimsical adventures, you'll love "The Graveyard Book". Gaiman puts a new twist on Kipling's classic "The Jungle Book"; for Bod Owens, his jungle is a graveyard. Through vivid storytelling, Gaiman reminds his readers of the adventures and truths of being and raising a child. Enchanting and dramatic, magical and frightening, blurring the lines of myth and reality, this is a treat for the child in all of us.
Date published: 2012-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! The classic story of Jungle Book, only set in a graveyard. Something only Neil Gaiman can do. It has quite the sad, touching ending, and an interesting mythos that I wish was explored a little bit more. It's got a little bit of everything, a vampire (I think), ghouls, ghosts, a Hound of God (whatever that is, haven't heard it before), and a bunch of other interesting creatures briefly mentioned/introduced that I hope Neil Gaiman comes back to eventually. I loved this book, it's a wonderful read for all Gaiman fans no matter their age.
Date published: 2011-08-21

Editorial Reviews

The Graveyard Book is everything everyone loves about Neil Gaiman, only multiplied many times over, a novel that showcases his effortless feel for narrative, his flawless instincts for suspense, and above all, his dark, almost silky sense of humor.