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The Graveyard Book (2008)

by Neil Gaiman

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Fantasy. Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. HTML:

Neil Gaiman's perennial favorite, The Graveyard Book, has sold more than one million copies and is the only novel to win both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal.

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?

The Graveyard Book is the winner of the Newbery Medal, the Carnegie Medal, the Hugo Award for best novel, the Locus Award for Young Adult novel, the American Bookseller Association's "Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book," a Horn Book Honor, and Audio Book of the Year. Don't miss this modern classic??whether shared as a read-aloud or read independently, it's sure to appeal to readers ages 8 and… (more)

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this had a cool premise and i liked how it showed the main character at different stages growing up and the different conflicts and elements of the world which were shown in those chapters. the boy raised by ghosts was an interesting idea as were other characters and elements. i liked the sleer and old burial in the hill. i do think that a lot of things could have been expanded on, there was definitely more potential for a lot of the stuff, but i guess it is a kids book and not everything has to be covered fully. i also thought the ending was a bit brief and underdeveloped and i didnt really see what role scarlet had, i thought she could have done more, but then again this was a kids book. still, i think it could have been longer but overall i enjoyed it and liked the ideas and the writing style ( )
  johnsmith577 | May 24, 2023 |
I had read this one ages ago and I picked it up again it’s that good.
Nobody Owens grows up in a graveyard and is raised by ghosts because his family was murdered by the man Jack when he was a toddler. His guardian, Silas, is always looking out for him because the man Jack is still on the hunt for Bod.
As Bod grows up, we follow him on his adventures and learn to fall in love with a graveyard and its inhabitants.
It all leads up very nicely to the inevitable face down between Bod and the man Jack.
A beautiful and quirky coming of age story that should be required reading in school.
Absolutely love it. ( )
  AleAleta | Apr 24, 2023 |
Heartwarming coming of age and good pace. Loved it!!!! ( )
  ColieCanDo | Apr 16, 2023 |
3.5 stars ( )
  CarolHicksCase | Mar 12, 2023 |
Loved every minute of this book! Stayed up way past my bedtime 2 nights in a row to finish it. The character development was clever and deep. I cried and cheered Nobody through his journey. I'll be honest, I want more, the ending left me hungry for more books within this world. It's a great coming of age tale, and why it's so important to cherish learning and life. ( )
  SabethaDanes | Jan 30, 2023 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Gaiman, Neilprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Iacobaci, GiuseppeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKean, DaveIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parpola, InkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Plouhinec, Valérie LeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rhind-Tutt, JulianNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riddell, ChrisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Towfik, Ahmed KhaledTranslatorsecondary 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.
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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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Fantasy. Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. HTML:

Neil Gaiman's perennial favorite, The Graveyard Book, has sold more than one million copies and is the only novel to win both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal.

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?

The Graveyard Book is the winner of the Newbery Medal, the Carnegie Medal, the Hugo Award for best novel, the Locus Award for Young Adult novel, the American Bookseller Association's "Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book," a Horn Book Honor, and Audio Book of the Year. Don't miss this modern classic??whether shared as a read-aloud or read independently, it's sure to appeal to readers ages 8 and

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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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