The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Reviewed By: A.T.
A sad and unfortunate family tragedy starts off this excellent book. A poor orphaned toddler is saved from certain death and given "Freedom of the Graveyard" when it is decided that the ghosts of the graveyard will take in this young boy and protect him from harm. Along with his new freedom, the ghosts of the graveyard give him a new name, Nobody Owens. As he grows up in the graveyard, he meets all sorts of people (dead and alive), from all walks of life and points in time. He has many strange and wonderful adventures growing up in the graveyard, but the man who murdered his family never forgot about Nobody, even if Nobody has no idea who he is or why he was raised in a graveyard. Does Nobody stay in the graveyard forever, even though he is technically alive? Who are the ghosts and guardians that raise him? Will he ever have normal life outside of the graveyard gates? To find out this and more...READ THE BOOK!
Why I Picked it Up: I love this author, and the cover was pretty clever.
Why I Finished It: There were so many stories all wound up in this one book that I had to know how they all ended!
I’d Give this Book To: Everyone! While the book may have a scary/creepy title, the book is quite excellent. Because Nobody is so brave and never totally afraid (he did grow up with ghosts after all) I think his confidence and courage shine through to the reader.