Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

Description:  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 timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to Fade.
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 things like ghouls that aren't really one thing or the other.
This chilling tale is Neil Gaiman's first full-length novel for middle-grade readers since the internationally bestselling and universally acclaimed Coraline. Like Coraline, this book is sure to enchant and surprise young readers as well as Neil Gaiman's legion of adult fans.

I really enjoyed this book.  The concept of a child being raised by those in the graveyard was well thought out and in the context of the story seemed perfectly normal.  I loved that everyone there helped raise the child even though he had "specific" parents and a guardian who could move about the human world.  I thought the story started out a bit gruesome for a middle school book, but it played out well.  The story spans a number of years but highlighting specific events that occur throughout the child's life.  At first this kind of annoyed me, but I realized each part read more like a short story and each "story" played a role in the ending.  I'd would love to see a future book about Bod's life outside the graveyard.

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