Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book

September 25, 2010 § 1 Comment synopsis:After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st ed edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060530928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060530921

The Graveyard Book was like a darker combination of Harry Potter and the Jungle Book. A coming of age story where a small boy Nobody Owens finds himself orphaned and being raised by a graveyard full of ghosts and 1 possible vampire (this is never really made clear) while being hunted by an assassin with a keen sense of smell. I was not a big fan of the way the book was written, meaning each chapter was in itself a short story that followed the same general timeline. Also, I wished he would have spent more time with the ghosts themselves, I would have liked to have learned more about each of them. Overall though, I loved the story and can’t wait to dive into another of Gaiman’s books


§ One Response to Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book

  • Red Tash says:

    I could not put this down, and read parts of it aloud to my husband. Did you catch the reference to classic horror movies–the holy trinity of zombie, werewolf, and vampire? Only in this version, they come to save the day. Pure brilliance.

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