The Graveyard Book

By Neil Gaiman

Rating: 4 stars

Taking inspiration from Kipling’s The Jungle Book, this is a series of linked adventures about Nobody Owens (Bod) whose family are killed but he escapes and finds sanctuary in a graveyard where he is adopted by a childless couple of ghosts, given the freedom of the graveyard and the mysterious Silas becomes his guardian.

I really enjoyed this short book with each chapter following Bod as he grows up in the graveyard, and slowly unravelling the mystery of the man who murdered his family and the reasons behind it. Bod is clearly drawn and easy to sympathise with while the rest of the characters are mostly sketches but nicely defined and fit the story well. I found this a highly enjoyable read right from when Bod first enters the graveyard to the final time that he leaves it.

Book details

ISBN: 9780060530921
Publisher: HarperCollins
Year of publication: 2008

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