Synopses & Reviews
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy.
He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.
There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy-an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer.
But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family. . . .
Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, the graveyard book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.
“THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, by turns exciting and witty, sinister and tender, shows Gaiman at the top of his form. In this novel of wonder, Neil Gaiman follows in the footsteps of long-ago storytellers, weaving a tale of unforgettable enchantment.” New York Times Book Review
“The Graveyard Book manages the remarkable feat of playing delightful jazz riffs on Kiplings classic Jungle Books. One might call this book a small jewel, but in fact its much bigger within than it looks from the outside.” Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn
“This is an utterly captivating tale that is cleverly told through an entertaining cast of ghostly characters. There is plenty of darkness, but the novels ultimate message is strong and life affirming….this is a rich story with broad appeal. ” Booklist (starred review)
“Like a bite of dark Halloween chocolate, this novel proves rich, bittersweet and very satisfying.” Washington Post
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. Joe Hill, author of Heart & #150;Shaped Box
“Wistful, witty, wiseand creepy. This needs to be read by anyone who is or has ever been a child.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“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.” Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife
“After finishing The Graveyard Book, I had only one thought I hope theres more. I want to see more of the adventures of Nobody Owens, and there is no higher praise for a book.” Laurell K. Hamilton, author of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels
“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.” Holly Black, co & #150;creator of The Spiderwick Chronicles
“This is, quite frankly, the best book Neil Gaiman has ever written. How he has managed to combine fascinating, friendly, frightening and fearsome in one fantasy I shall never know, but he has pulled it off magnificently - perfect for Halloween and any other time of the year.” Diana Wynne Jones, author of The Chronicles of Chrestomanci
“I wish my younger self could have had the opportunity to read and re-read this wonderful book, and my older self wishes that I had written it.” Garth Nix, author of The Abhorsen Trilogy
“Lucid, evocative prose and dark fairy-tale motifs imbue the story with a dreamlike quality. …this ghost-story-cum-coming-of-age-novel as readable as it is accomplished.” Horn Book (starred review)
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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About the Author
Neil Gaiman is a New York Times
bestselling author of more than twenty books for adults and children, including the novels Neverwhere
, American Gods
, Anansi Boys
, and The Graveyard Book
; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and Make Good Art
, the text of a commencement speech he delivered at Philadelphias University of the Arts.
He is the recipient of numerous literary honors, including the Locus and Hugo Awards and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. 1.8 million people follow him on Twitter.
Born and raised in England, Neil Gaiman now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife, the rock star Amanda Palmer.
Dave McKean is best known for his work on Neil Gaiman's Sandman series of graphic novels and for his CD covers for musicians from Tori Amos to Alice Cooper. He also illustrated Neil Gaiman's picture books The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, The Wolves in the Walls, and Crazy Hair. He is a cult figure in the comic book world, and is also a photographer.