I had heard so many great things about Neil Gaiman’s books, so I thought The Graveyard Book would be a good place to start! It was! Such a fantastic, slightly creepy upper middle grade novel! Sypnosis from Goodreads :
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’
This book is amazing. Anyone that can start a book aimed at middle graders with a triple murder has some serious talent! Bod is a polite, sweet but eternally curious boy who wants to know what life is like outside the graveyard. He loves his adoptive parents, Mr and Mrs Owens and the host of other ghosts in the graveyard that help raise him. He is constantly getting himself into trouble – whether that be with Ghouls or with a monster called the Sleer. Bod does try and fit in with the human world though, although he fails to keep a low profile at school and his only human friend, Scarlett moves to Scotland. My favourite thing about Bod is unusual talents. After being given Freedom of the Graveyard Bod cannot only see ghosts – he can use fading, (disappearing into the background) haunting (self explanatory!) and dream walking (entering other peoples dreams). These abilities are pretty cool and I kind of want them.
Of course though, Bod is not safe when the man Jack (who murdered his family) is roaming around constantly searching for him. Jack is a member of the society The Jack of all Trades which will be destroyed unless he kills Bod.
I cannot rave about this book enough. Its a magical read perfect for middle graders who love reading and its a must read for fans of Gaiman and fantasy. I, personally wasn’t scared by it (and I’m a wimp). I think this was because the ghosts were goodies! However for younger readers I would read this book on a bright sunny day! This book has really got me into Neil Gaiman’s work (I’ve read Coraline, Stardust and Neverwhere since) and The Graveyard Book will probably get you hooked too!!
Laura 🙂 xx