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The Graveyard Book (2008)

by Neil Gaiman

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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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The book is about a boy, whose family is killed by a man named John and he is the only one to survive. To save his life he is sent to live in the graveyard where he is protected and raised by the dead.

I enjoyed the story. It had a lot of ghosts, vampires, and adventure. I really liked Nobody and the people who protected him. Also, I liked the twists! I just felt that the book could be more extensive and bigger. When I finished, I felt that something was missing and I needed more stories.

Overall it is a great book for kids and adults. ( )
  Hanna_Rybchynska | Apr 29, 2022 |
Stórgóð saga fyrir börn og yngri lesendur um lítinn strák sem elst upp í kirkjugarði hjá draugum, nornum, náætum og fleiri fantasíuskepnum. Ótrúlegt ímyndunarafl Gaimans er stórskemmtilegt og þetta er sannarlega óvenjuleg barnasaga því hún hefst á því að öll fjölskylda drengsins er myrt en hann kemst með naumindum í kirkjugarðinn þar sem hann fær vernd íbúa garðsins. Sagan er svo þroskasaga drengsins þegar hann lærir að lifa með yfirnáttúrulegu verunum, læra ýmislegt af þeim en samtímis býr stöðug ógn utan garðsins því morðinginn leitar hans stöðugt.
Þetta er saga sem á sannarlega erindi til íslenskra lesenda og óskandi væri að hún sé þýdd yfir á íslensku. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
Incrível! Uma pena ser tão curtinho. ( )
  protoplasm | Apr 25, 2022 |
My wife and stepson got this for me for Father's Day. Yay books as gifts! :)

I haven't read Coraline yet, so I hadn't had any experience with Neil Gaiman's style of children's book. I suppose that that might be unfair, and that each book, no matter what age group it's targeted at, has its own style. Anyway, we follow Bod (short for Nobody, Nobody Owens) through his life growing up around those that no longer have theirs. It was a good read, and the book came full-circle in a very pleasing way. I'd definitely recommend this to pre-teens. ( )
  dcrampton | Apr 20, 2022 |
Read by the author (I got the audiobook), this is the story of Nobody (or "Bod"). His family are murdered when Bod is a toddler, and he manages to escape to the local graveyard.[return][return]The inhabitants bring up Bod as best as they can, considering they are a mixture of ghosts, ghouls and in one instance a vampire (the only one who can leave the graveyard). [return][return]Bod grows up, learns about the "real" people outside, especially girls, and that no matter how safe people think he is, there is always the theat from the people who killed his parents..... ( )
  nordie | Apr 18, 2022 |
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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
Gaiman, NeilNarratorsecondary authorsome 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
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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 is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

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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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