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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Neil Gaiman, Dave Mckean (Illustrator)

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Title:The Graveyard Book
Authors:Neil Gaiman
Other authors:Dave Mckean (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (2008), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 320 pages
Collections:Your library, Read in 2012 (inactive)
Tags:'12, Fantasy, YA/children's, Vampires, May eventually give away, Newbery Medal, Didn't review

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (2008)

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  madelire | Dec 4, 2016 |
The story of an orphaned infant who is adopted by a graveyard full of ghosts and other other-worldly character. His adventures within the graveyard growing up and then later on some movement beyond the graveyard's gates. This book was a little on the scary side, so better for an older child. Third grade (or so) and older. Some themes of the book are good vs. evil and coming of age. ( )
  nicholekoch | Dec 2, 2016 |
This is one of the great books of children's literature (although in truth it can be read by anyone of any age) and in years to come will be seen as a classic to stand alongside, Kipling, Garner, CS Lewis and the rest.

The story of a child, who by tragic means, comes to be raised by the ghostly inhabitants of a graveyard on a hill in a small town. He's adopted by a couple who had died childless and they give him a name - Nobody Owens (Bod for short).

And so begins a tale of a boy like no other, who has ghosts for parents, and another inhabitant of the graveyard as his guardian, the mysterious Silas, who only comes out at night....

It's a tale about growing up. About learning that there is more to life than the home you have always known. About standing up to bullies and danger and those who would wish us harm. Bod learns all he needs from the graveyard community and in the end, they help him defeat his greatest foe.

A moving tale, scary in parts, funny in parts. But never less than magical. Gaiman's prose is economical and elegant, moving the story along while giving us just enough detail so our imaginations fill in the blanks. And the are some rather brilliant illustrations by Chris Riddell.

Recommended for children of any age (9 to 90). ( )
  David.Manns | Nov 28, 2016 |
Summary of Book:
The Graveyard Book is a Newberry Award winning book that is about a boy named Nobody 'Bod' Owens who's adopted supernatural ghost family, owns a graveyard after his family is brutally murdered. Bod goes through life having 'Freedom of the Graveyard' meaning he can communicate with the dead, move through walls, and is invisible to most humans as long as he is in the graveyard. In the end of the book, Bod is roughly 15 years old, he gradually loses the 'Freedom of the Graveyard' due to puberty. He then leaves the graveyard all by himself with only money, a passport and dreams.

Personal Reaction:
I actually did not like this book at all. Because I am going to be an elementary teacher, I don't think this book would be appropriate for the age group I am going to teach. Considering this, I would only use this book as a supplement in an upper high school classroom considering its brutal components in some areas.

Classroom Extension:
In an upper high school class, as a classroom extension I would have a literature circle with student led discussion questions. Before our class discussion, I would have the students come up with three questions pertaining to who, what, when, why, or how. When they come up with these discussion points, they must include at least three of those lead question points. ( )
  thejennalane | Nov 26, 2016 |
It takes a graveyard to raise a child
Nobody Owens lives in the graveyard. His parents are dead. His real parents were killed by a man called Jack when he was just a baby - the night he wandered away from the house and up to the graveyard - and his adoptive parents died a couple hundred years before. And since the deceased inhabitants of the graveyard don't know the little toddler's name, they call him Nobody, or Bod for short. But the man Jack has unfinished business: Bod, and he's waiting for a chance to finish the boy off.

Some friends recommended this book years ago. The description certainly is interesting - even if it does sound rather morbid - but I was a little put off by the beginning. The violent beginning is understated enough but still surprised me. Also, the first couple of chapters seemed more like disconnected short stories about Jack growing up in the ancient little cemetery at the top of the hill - a format I seldom like. But after a short while it all started to come together, and before long I couldn't stop listening (I listened to the audiobook read by the author). In the end I really enjoyed it and am already recommending it to my friends. ( )
  J.Green | Nov 22, 2016 |
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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)
Gaiman's narratives tend toward the episodic, and there are chapters of The Graveyard Book that could stand alone as discrete short stories. All the better for reading at bedtime, though, and what's lost in forward momentum is more than made up for by the outrageous riches of Gaiman's imagination
added by timspalding | editGuardian, Patrick Ness (Oct 25, 2008)
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.

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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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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.
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

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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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