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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
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The Graveyard Book (2008)

by Neil Gaiman

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  1. 333
    Coraline by Neil Gaiman (FFortuna, moonstormer)
  2. 243
    The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling (veracity)
  3. 161
    James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (ut.tecum.loquerer)
  4. 174
    A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle (lorax)
    lorax: Beagle's work is not YA, but it is a classic, beautifully written love story involving ghosts and a man living in a cemetary.
  5. 110
    The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (emperatrix)
  6. 113
    Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (ut.tecum.loquerer)
  7. 81
    The House With a Clock In Its Walls by John Bellairs (timspalding)
  8. 81
    Un Lun Dun by China Miéville (heidialice)
    heidialice: Both are fantastical YA at its best. Gaiman is an acknowledged inspiration for Mieville, and it shows, though he has his own distinctive style and voice.
  9. 71
    The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman (moonstormer)
  10. 1510
    The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1) by Philip Pullman (ut.tecum.loquerer)
  11. 40
    The Thief of Always by Clive Barker (kawika)
  12. 51
    Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman (PghDragonMan)
  13. 62
    The Book of Lost Things: A Novel by John Connolly (jonathankws)
  14. 52
    From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury (Ape)
    Ape: Eerily similar stories...
  15. 96
    Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger (heidialice)
    heidialice: Similar in setting, and both ghost stories, these are very different books, but fans of one should be interested in the other.
  16. 30
    The Palace of Laughter by Jon Berkeley (FFortuna)
  17. 30
    Abarat by Clive Barker (kawika)
  18. 20
    Down the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham (keeneam)
  19. 20
    A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny (MyriadBooks)
  20. 42
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (Sandydog1)
    Sandydog1: Childhood and adolescent,murdered parents, supernatural, cultural and social isolation, ghosts - any Potter fan would love this quaint coming of age story.

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The story will pull you in, slowly at first, but it really picks up steam after the first chapters. Difficult to put down. Bonus with the audio book is read by Neil Gaiman. ( )
  deldevries | Sep 5, 2018 |
(I write reviews mostly to remind myself why I liked a book.)

I would have loved this book as a child, and I still love it as a grownup (Gaiman tends to write like that). It is paced well, written wonderfully and rings true (in a very similar way American Gods does, but a bit toned-down to the way children see the world). Technically it is a coming-of-age story. I spent a long afternoon reading it and feel a lot better for the time spent. ( )
  _rixx_ | Aug 30, 2018 |
It was pretty good but am not sure if it was an award winner. ( )
  ksmedberg | Aug 15, 2018 |
Couldn't finish it. ( )
  davidmasters | Aug 4, 2018 |
I enjoyed this book A LOT !!! It was very fun and I was sad to see it end. This was my first Gaiman read and I'm looking forward on reading more of his books. ( )
  nu-bibliophile | Jun 30, 2018 |
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Gaiman writes with charm and humor, and again he has a real winner.
added by lampbane | editVOYA, Rayna Patton (Jul 24, 2009)
 
Like a bite of dark Halloween chocolate, this novel proves rich, bittersweet and very satisfying.
 
This is fine work, from beginning to end, and the best bedtime story read-aloud material I've encountered in a long time. Can't wait until my daughter's old enough to read this to.
added by lampbane | editBoing Boing, Cory Doctorow (Oct 10, 2008)
 
When the chilling moments do come, they are as genuinely frightening as only Gaiman can make them, and redeem any shortcomings.
 
While “The Graveyard Book” will entertain people of all ages, it’s especially a tale for children. Gaiman’s remarkable cemetery is a place that children more than anyone would want to visit. They would certainly want to look for Silas in his chapel, maybe climb down (if they were as brave as Bod) to the oldest burial chamber, or (if they were as reckless) search for the ghoul gate. Children will appreciate Bod’s occasional mistakes and bad manners, and relish his good acts and eventual great ones. The story’s language and humor are sophisticated, but Gaiman respects his readers and trusts them to understand.
 

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Neil Gaimanprimary authorall editionscalculated
Iacobaci, GiuseppeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKean, DaveIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parpola, InkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Plouhinec, Valérie LeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riddell, ChrisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
Rattle his bones
Over the stones
It's only a pauper
Who nobody owns


-- Traditional Nursery Rhyme
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There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.
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Fortinbras Bartleby, ten years old when he had died (of consumption, he had told Bod, who had mistakenly believed for several years that Fortinbras had been eaten by lions or bears, and was extremely disappointed to learn it was merely a disease), now apologized to Bod.
“You’re always you, and that doesn’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Nehemiah Trot said, “Ah, list to me, young Leander, young Hero, young Alexander. If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.”
“And for that reason, if for no other, it is vital that the child be raised with as little disruption as possible to the, if you’ll forgive the expression, the life of the graveyard.”
"It's like the people who believe they'll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn't work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you." p. 104
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Nobody Owens lost his "really" family when he was infant and became adopted by a ghost family in his local cemetery. Aside from having ghosts for parents and guardians he also persued by the mysterious man who killed his family.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060530928, Hardcover)

In The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman has created a charming allegory of childhood. Although the book opens with a scary scene--a family is stabbed to death by "a man named Jack” --the story quickly moves into more child-friendly storytelling. The sole survivor of the attack--an 18-month-old baby--escapes his crib and his house, and toddles to a nearby graveyard. Quickly recognizing that the baby is orphaned, the graveyard's ghostly residents adopt him, name him Nobody ("Bod"), and allow him to live in their tomb. Taking inspiration from Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Gaiman describes how the toddler navigates among the headstones, asking a lot of questions and picking up the tricks of the living and the dead. In serial-like episodes, the story follows Bod's progress as he grows from baby to teen, learning life’s lessons amid a cadre of the long-dead, ghouls, witches, intermittent human interlopers. A pallid, nocturnal guardian named Silas ensures that Bod receives food, books, and anything else he might need from the human world. Whenever the boy strays from his usual play among the headstones, he finds new dangers, learns his limitations and strengths, and acquires the skills he needs to survive within the confines of the graveyard and in wider world beyond. (ages 10 and up) -–Heidi Broadhead

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:57:56 -0400)

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Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

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