Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Length: 286 pages
Publication Date: 2008

Nobody Owens is a living boy who grows up in a graveyard. His family is murdered when he's just a toddler, and when he wanders into the graveyard he is protected and adopted by the ghosts therein. Bod has a happy childhood, playing with ghost children and being taught by ghost teachers, but the man who killed his family is still at large and looking to finish the job.

This is a wonderful reimagining of The Jungle Book. Bod spends his childhood caught between two worlds, not dead but quite out-of-touch with the living. Luckily for him, he is an intelligent and resourceful boy, getting him out of plenty of dangerous situations in both worlds.

I think the cast of characters are what really stood out for me in this book. From the mysterious Silas, Bod's guardian who can come and go from the graveyard as he pleases (I still wanna know more about him), to Scarlett, the human girl who makes a connection with Bod, to Mr. Frost, the kindly historian who studies the graveyard, every character has a personality, a voice, and adds a layer to the story.

This was an engrossing, magical read. 5 stars.

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