The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman

In Brief

When a child slips inside a crumbling cemetery after his family is murdered, he is taken in by the residents there. "Bod" Owens grows up in the protective care of ghosts and under the tutelage of peculiar guardians. But while Bod enjoys numerous adventures in the hushed world of the graveyard, a murderer plots to find the child who once escaped him.

Why you should read it

Neil Gaiman may have intended The Graveyard Book to be a supernatural retelling of Kipling’s The Jungle Book, but his Newbery-Medal-winning novel is much more than a homage to Mowgli’s adventures. It is an evergreen in its own right, beguiling young and old alike. Writing with uncanny skill, Gaiman strikes a marvelous balance between light and dark, spook and heart. The Graveyard Book is a story to share and to savor, a book which begs to be read aloud.

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