The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

Paperback | September 28, 2010

byNeil Gaiman

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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.

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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 s...

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It takes a graveyard to raise a child.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 a...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.93 inPublished:September 28, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage: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 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 5 out of 5 by from The best young adult I have ever rea My top #1 favorite book by the author, funny, mature, innocent and deep. I have read it 5 times and cryied on the ending every time!
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First chpen The first chapter was very extiding in meny ways the book was a fun book lol who names a kid nobody then calls him bod
Date published: 2014-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Smart, spooky children's fantasy I enjoyed this book - a spooky plot, interesting characters and smart references to everything from The Odyssey to children's nursery rhymes. The entity under the hill is fascinatingly scary and the scenes down there were my favourite in the book. Despite the things I liked about this book, I found Gaiman's storytelling to be a bit clunky, but the plot was enough to convince me.
Date published: 2014-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new favorite for me I laughed, I cried, and everything in between. If you haven't read this, you need to.
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A new favorite for me Good book. Something new from what I've read in the past.
Date published: 2014-01-29
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 4 out of 5 by from The Graveyard Book One of those books that is a very pleasant surprise. The book trapped me from the first chapter and kept me interested by retelling old tales in an exciting and fresh way. Grab a copy and enjoy!
Date published: 2013-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Graveyard Book Lots of fun
Date published: 2013-05-30
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 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.