The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Another great Gaiman read even if it is aimed at a younger audience.
The story starts out a bit dark with the murder of a family with the exception of a baby who just through a string of coincidences manages to toddle off to the local graveyard. When the killer realizes that his true target has escaped he goes looking for him only to be waylaid by the occupants of the graveyard who want to protect the baby. He is adopted by a set of ghostly parents and raised by an entire graveyard full of guardians.
After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family . . .
Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.
We get to follow along as Bod -- short for Nobody Owens -- grows up in the graveyard. Along the way he realizes that he is not quite like the other occupants. We follow him through to 'adulthood' and it is quite the adventure.
Highly recommended for all Gaiman fans as well as anyone who wants a little light, fun reading with a bit of a dark edge.
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