Rubix, December 15, 2013 (view all comments by Rubix)
In the beginning a baby has run away from a man named Jack who is on a hunt to kill this baby. The baby came to a graveyard and was given the freedom of the graveyard. Then in the middle Bod (the name he was given by the ghosts that take care of him) goes through a lot of trouble by going out of the graveyard (which he is not allowed to because of the man Jack). Finally at the end the man Jack, who has been looking for 14 years for this boy, tries to kill him, but Bod out-smarts him.
I like this book a lot because I like killing books. I would recommend this book because it is a great adventure book. If you would like to know if you would like it, here. It has some killing, it is written a little in old fashioned speaking, it’s based in England and it has ghosts, sleer and ghouls.
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EK, February 3, 2010 (view all comments by EK)
This is a wonderfully sweet and dark book. The story of a human boy growing up in a grave yard, amongst ghosts that died centuries ago. It is suspenseful and charming all at the same time.
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ninjakait, January 3, 2010 (view all comments by ninjakait)
Gaiman has once again created a world in which you are instantly transported to and sad to leave when the time comes. Thieves, murderers, ghosts and graveyards are all standard in this tale of growing up, which for a child named Nobody proves harder than one might think. Kipling's Jungle Book influences are clear yet Gaiman is able to make them his own. The artwork of Dave McKean flows effortlessly into the pages of the story and does not intrude nor disappoint. The Graveyard Book is one which you will find hard to not finish in one sitting and look forward to the next time you pick it up.
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Kathleen Conner, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Kathleen Conner)
The story of Nobody Owens--his adopted name, as this is a wee human child spared the murderous spree of a dreadful assasin, then taken in by a cemetery full of ghosts from assorted centuries, and guarded by them because the assasin has not given up the quest to kill him--is unputdownable.A wonderful story. If you enjoyed the award-winning CORALINE, you're in for a treat. This one's better.
I once heard someone postulate that maybe Neil Gaiman wrote it just so that he could play with the sentence "It takes a graveyard to raise a child." Unlikely. Fun, but unlikely. I mean, he does make a casual allusion that isn't far off from that phrase, but he never goes whole hog. This book doesn't feel like it was written to back up a joke. It feels like a book written by a parent with children growing up and moving out. It's a title that tips its hat to kids making their way in the world, their pasts behind them, their futures unknown.
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Neil Gaiman has once again created a world filled with both dark humor and adventure. Nobody Owens, orphaned as an infant, is raised by the ghosts, ghouls, and werewolves of a graveyard. Exciting and oddly touching!
by Rachael W.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"A lavish middle-grade novel, Gaiman's first since Coraline, this gothic fantasy almost lives up to its extravagant advance billing. The opening is enthralling: 'There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.' Evading the murderer who kills the rest of his family, a child roughly 18 months old climbs out of his crib, bumps his bottom down a steep stairway, walks out the open door and crosses the street into the cemetery opposite, where ghosts take him in. What mystery/horror/suspense reader could stop here, especially with Gaiman's talent for storytelling? The author riffs on the Jungle Book, folklore, nursery rhymes and history; he tosses in werewolves and hints at vampires — and he makes these figures seem like metaphors for transitions in childhood and youth. As the boy, called Nobody or Bod, grows up, the killer still stalking him, there are slack moments and some repetition — not enough to spoil a reader's pleasure, but noticeable all the same. When the chilling moments do come, they are as genuinely frightening as only Gaiman can make them, and redeem any shortcomings. Ages 10 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day"
by Chris A. Bolton, Powells.com,
"The Graveyard Book is one of Gaiman's best novels. With some notable exceptions, like Stardust and Anansi Boys, I prefer Gaiman's comic book writing (i.e. the Sandman series) to his prose, but this book is a joy to read. The scenes and characters spring vividly to life in a way that helped mark Gaiman's reputation as a comic writer but doesn't always happen in his prose. Don't be surprised to find yourself wishing you could trade places with Bod and grow up in a cemetery, yourself." (read the entire Powells.com review)
by Booklist (Starred Review),
"This is an utterly captivating tale that is cleverly told through an entertaining cast of ghostly characters. There is plenty of darkness, but the novel's ultimate message is strong and life affirming."
by Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review),
"Wistful, witty, wise — and creepy. Gaiman's riff on Kipling's Mowgli stories never falters, from the truly spine-tingling opening...to the melancholy, life-affirming ending....[T]his needs to be read by anyone who is or has ever been a child."
"Gaiman writes with charm and humor, and again he has a real winner....The conclusion is satisfying, but it leaves room for a sequel. Everyone who reads this book will hope fervently that the very busy author gets around to writing one soon."
by Joe Hill, author of Heart-Shaped Box,
"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."
by Holly Black, co-creator of The Spiderwick Chronicles,
"The Graveyard Book is endlessly inventive, masterfully told and, like Bod himself, too clever to fit into only one place. This is a book for everyone. You will love it to death."
by Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn,
"The Graveyard Book manages the remarkable feat of playing delightful jazz riffs on Kipling's classic Jungle Books. One might call this book a small jewel, but in fact it's much bigger within than it looks from the outside."
by Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife,
"It takes a graveyard to raise a child. My favorite thing about this book was watching Bod grow up in his fine crumbly graveyard with his dead and living friends. The Graveyard Book is another surprising and terrific book from Neil Gaiman."
by Laurell K. Hamilton, author of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels,
"After finishing The Graveyard Book, I had only one thought — I hope there’s more. I want to see more of the adventures of Nobody Owens, and there is no higher praise for a book."
by The Onion A.V. Club,
"Gaiman's gift for invention and wit are as present as ever....The Graveyard Book lacks the scope of Gaiman's best-known efforts, but some stories don't need to be epic; they simply need to be. (Grade: A)"
by A Fuse #8 Production,
"The Graveyard Book is one of the most emotionally honest books I've yet to have read this year. Smart and focused, touching and wry, it takes the story of a boy raised by ghosts and extends it beyond the restrictive borders of the setting. Great stuff."
by School Library Journal,
"Gaiman has created a rich, surprising, and sometimes disturbing tale of dreams, ghouls, murderers, trickery, and family."
"Gaiman has a true gift for narrative and a delightfully light touch, and there are humorous details along with spine-chilling ones. YAs will race through this fine tale and enjoy every magical, creepy moment."
In his first full-length novel for middle-graders since the international bestseller Coraline, Neil 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?
by Harper Collins,
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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