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The Graveyard Book [Paperback]

Neil Gaiman , Chris Riddell
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Book Description

5 Oct 2009
When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family. A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod's life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Children's ed edition (5 Oct 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0747594805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747594802
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neil Gaiman is a tour de force of creative talent. He is the bestselling author of Coraline and Stardust, both of which are major motion films. Neil also co-wrote the script for Beowulf starring Anthony Hopkins and Angeline Jolie. He is the creator/writer of the award-winning Sandman comic series and has written several books for children. His latest title, The Graveyard Book, won the Teenage Booktrust Prize 2009. Neil has been immortalised in song by Tori Amos, and is a songwriter himself. His official website now has more than one million unique visitors each month, and his online journal is syndicated to thousands of blog readers every day.

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'The highly skilled craftsmanship of Neil Gaiman's expertly joined plotting is constantly fascinating. With The Graveyard Book he appears to have exceeded even his own exacting standards, seeming to revel in creating the improbable and layering on impossible convolutions. The impossible he deals with through mind-twistingly clever links and attention to the most minute of details, the improbable becomes totally convincing through the sheer brilliance of the writing'
-- The School Librarian

'This well-written, creepy, yet funny story has all the mystery and suspense that your older readers could want; while Chris Riddell's macabre illustrations are frighteningly good' -- Literacy Times Plus: Ages 9 to 11

'You cannot fault the sheer inventiveness in this brilliantly paced and plotted fantasy novel'
-- Books for Keeps


'You cannot fault the sheer inventiveness in this brilliantly paced and plotted fantasy novel'

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209 of 216 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It takes a graveyard 10 Oct 2008
Imagine Rudyard Kipling's "Jungle Book"... but replace the animals with ghosts, ghouls, werewolves and other such supernatural creatures.

Such is the concept of "The Graveyard Book," which cleverly turns Kipling's classic story into an exquisitely-written, darkly witty fantasy. While it starts as the assorted supernatural adventures of a young boy raised by ghosts, the story slowly evolves into a beautifully ghastly confrontation between Nobody Owens and the people who want to do him harm.

"There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife." A man named Jack kills an innocent family at night -- except for a baby boy, who toddles out to the graveyard.

With the approval of the Lady on the Grey, the Owens ghosts adopt the boy, whom they name Nobody (or "Bod" for short), and the mysterious not-dead-or-alive Silas is appointed his guardian. Bod slowly grows up, but his upbringing is hardly ordinary -- he is taught by a Hound of God, wanders into the horrific realm of Ghulheim, watches a danse macabre, and befriends a witch's spirit from the Potter's Field.

But the man named Jack is still out there, and for some reason he (and the organization he works for) still wants to kill Bod. And though Silas and the ghosts are trying to keep him safe, Bod is becoming curious about the world of living humans -- and about the man who murdered his family. And when they come for him, he'll be ready.

The world of Neil Gaiman is never a safe place -- it's always painted in shadows and shades of grey, and something horrible may be lurking around the corner.
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
By R. Hill
What one word best describes this tale of an infant whose whole family are murdered, and who toddles to the safety of a local graveyard, where he's raised and educated by the resident dead? That word, surprisingly, would be "charming".

And it is, in every sense of the word. It's eloquent without being condescending, comforting without being soft, sharp without being bitter, and it captivates your attention throughout its entirety, leaving you perfectly satisfied by the end.

The cast of characters are written to perfection. The dead maintain an eerie timelessness, whilst the other supernatural creatures are subtle yet distinct, ("Silas ate only one food, and it was not bananas"); the villains pull off the trick of being both evil *and* credible; the living have a refreshing mundane quality, and Bod the protagonist is left with the uneasy struggle of being neither fish nor fowl (nor dead).

A delight to read and a joy to think about.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I'd never read anything by Neil Gaiman before; "Not my thing", I'd decided. Then I watched the film adaptation of Startdust and thought maybe I'd give it a try after all. But I never did. And then all the publicity for The Graveyard Book started appearing ... and talk about judging a book by its cover. As a school librarian I should be ashamed to admit it but I decided to read the book purely because of the magnificent cover by Chris Riddell! I probably wouldn't have bothered if only the David McKean cover had been available. And what a mistake that would have been! Because WOW, what a book!
Bod is only a toddler when his whole family is murdered by the Man Jack; narrowly escaping, he takes refuge in a nearby graveyard. After many discussions, the ghostly inhabitants decide to look after him and he is adopted by Mr and Mrs Owens. Under the watchful eye of his guardian Silas, Bod grows up as a living boy in a dead man's world, with all the abilities of a ghost. But the Man Jack cannot rest until he has finished the job and is still on the lookout for Bod.
This is a fantastic fantasy book and a great coming-of-age book. There is lots of action, plenty of twists (some of them I did not see coming!) and enough gory creatures to keep fans of this genre entertained. But most of all, it is an amazing love story. Gaiman writes so well you forget that Bod's parents are in fact ghosts and his guardian a vampire; what you take away from this story is the sheer feeling of devotion for a child (the last chapter was heart-breaking for me but I think that's just because I am a mum and the thought of "letting go" of your child is quite hard!).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, light hearted, escapism book. 27 Dec 2008
I've just finished reading this and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Like I said in the title it was easy to read, funny in places and a good, light-hearted, escapism book. I would recommend it to anyone.

The lack of a 5th star only comes from the fact that I wish Neil would have gone into a bit for detail about the characters Silas and Miss Lupescu. I found myself left wanting for a bit more involvement from these two characters. I also got a tad frustrated by the haziness of what went on between them and the Jacks.

Other than that, I loved it and would defiantly read it again! I would also recommend listening to the audio-book. Neil himself narrates it and he does it extremely well; very atmospheric, broody and extremely enjoyable.

I hope you find this helpful (it's my 1st book review...)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
A beautifully crafted story that gets darker with age like it's main character. As ever, amazing storytelling from the master himself.
Published 15 hours ago by Gregory May
5.0 out of 5 stars Light and entertaining.
This funnily enough is my favourate Gaiman book. I love the whole idea - it is like and entertaining.
Published 2 days ago by Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
A perfect story - Macabre and bittersweet.
Published 2 days ago by Dave Harfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting
Loved this book,from start to finish,only Neil Gaiman writes such beautiful fantasy,worth every penny and more,sorry to have finished but on to his next book.
Published 5 days ago by Scinut
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
I love the concept of the book, I liked how the author wrote from the different views of what was happening. I would recommend this book to 9-15. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Simran
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i loved that book, but then again I'm Neil Gaiman's fan
Published 15 days ago by Good quality
5.0 out of 5 stars *****
It was very funny.
I liked it when the thing met a old friend.

I didn't like the nasty bits.
I recommend this to people the ages 4 - 44.
Published 16 days ago by keri
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you
Published 19 days ago by Nin
4.0 out of 5 stars ... SPOILERS* This was yet another example of why I love Neil Gaiman's...

This was yet another example of why I love Neil Gaiman's writing, he writes the world as we know but just a little different. Read more
Published 21 days ago by sashaknits
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely tale
A terrible murder leaves only one survivor, a tiny boy, who somehow manages to find his way to a graveyard. Read more
Published 25 days ago by N. M. Davey
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