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The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman

HarperCollins | September 28, 2010 | Trade Paperback

The Graveyard Book is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 5.

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 Bookwon the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal and is a Hugo Award Winner for Best Novel.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.93 in

Published: September 28, 2010

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060530944

ISBN - 13: 9780060530945

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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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

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The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.93 in

Published: September 28, 2010

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060530944

ISBN - 13: 9780060530945

About the Book

In his Newbery Medal-winning novel, Gaiman introduces Bod, a boy who is the only living resident of a graveyard. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? Illustrations.

From the Publisher

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 Bookwon the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal and is a Hugo Award Winner for Best Novel.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

From the Jacket

It takes a graveyard to raise a child.

Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would becompletelynormal 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.

About the Author

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.

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.

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12