Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Hardcover, 309 pages
Date Published: October 1, 2008
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
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 of 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.
Master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel about life and death, love and growing up, and finding family in the most unlikely places.
This is the first (but certainly will not be the last) book I’ve read by Neil Gaiman. The story of Nobody Owens is a simple one, yet bursts off the pages and sucks the reader into this world of ghosts and Haunts; of things that go bump in the night, but of people that love and have been loved. As dark as the story may seem, The Graveyard Book is exactly the type of book that middle grade aged children (as well as older) will love.
Bod is impossible not to care for, with his constant curiosity and bubbling personality. His eagerness to explore his world, as small as it may be, is only rivaled by his fierce ability to care for others. The ghosts that surround him are funny and full of tales from the past, but it is Silas, Bod’s guardian, who is shrouded in mystery and elusiveness, that controls just how much the reader knows.
The man Jack, the man who murdered Bod’s family, is as much a mystery as Silas. He took the lives of Bod’s entire family and eventually, the boy must deal with and confront that fact. But before he gets there, Bod grows up, learns among the living, and has some wildly inventive and macabre adventures that Gaiman fills with mythology and lore that enticed me beyond the pages and forced me to do a few Google searches to ease my intrigue.
Reminiscent of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book is about the benevolence in the world and a boy’s journey to become a man. Bod lives, as the living should, and grows, as the growing should, and in the process, he discovers just who Nobody Owens is and how to live a life filled with everything.
Opening line: There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife. ~ pg. 2
Favorite lines: “You’re alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you’re dead, it’s gone. Over. You’ve made what you’ve made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished.” ~ pg. 179
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.
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