The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

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Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060530945
0060530944
9780060530921
0060530928
9780060530938
0060530936
9780062349187
Characteristics: 312 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: McKean, Dave - Illustrator

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List - Horror
WhatcomTeenLibrarians Jun 15, 2011

Sometimes the graveyard is the only safe place, and what is dangerous is not ghosts, but the humans waiting outside the graveyard walls.


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MAHPayne
Jun 29, 2020

This is the story of Nobody Owens, Bod for short. After his family is murdered, Bod somehow makes it to a cemetery up the hill from his house where he is discovered by its ghostly inhabitants. They realize that he is in grave danger from the man who murdered his family. His mother’s ghost appears to them begging them to take care of her son. Two of the ghosts, Mr. and Mrs. Owens agree to be Bod’s parents and a mysterious man neither dead nor alive agrees to be Bod’s guardian. They give him the name of Nobody Owens. They also give him the freedom of the graveyard. The book follows Bod’s adventures in and out of the graveyard. He unwittingly gets himself into dangerous situations that the graveyards inhabitants seem to be there to help him get out of. He reconnects with a childhood friend and once again faces the dangerous murderer that killed his family.

The Graveyard Book was very well written. The use of imagery was excellent. The plot is well developed. The author describes the graveyard and the other realm of the ghouls in great detail. The reader will feel as if they have been magically transported into the worlds that Neil Gaiman has created. The characters are very well developed also. This book is packed with teen appeal. It fits the supernatural genre that is so popular with today’s teens. The story is mysterious, full of adventure, and masterfully suspenseful.

The Graveyard Book is also available on e-book, audio-book, and e-comic on Hoopla and e-book and audio-book via the Libby App.

MAH Payne, Librarian

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dgiard
May 08, 2020

Nobody Owens was a toddler when The Man Jack broke into his home and murdered his family. Young "Bod" survived because he wandered away from his home and into a nearby graveyard where the ghosts of the graveyard raised and protected him.

Neil Gaiman's 2008 novel "The Graveyard Book" tells Bod's story as he grows from a child to a teenager. The first chapter are a series of loosely-connected short stories, set about 2 years apart, relating Bod's encounters with the various ghosts and spirits of the graveyard and (occasionally) the living people of the nearby town. But, in the climax, the stories circle back on themselves: A childhood friend moves away, then returns as a teenager; an ancient guardian re-surfaces; and the Man Jack eventually returns to finish the job he failed to complete years earlier.

Gaiman proves again that he is a master storyteller. He takes some classic horror story ideas - ghosts, malevolent spirits, secret societies, werewolves - and breathes something fresh into them. Bod's mentor - the reformed vampire Silas - is an excellent example.

"Graveyard" is a coming-of-age story for a boy with an unusual childhood. Gaiman was inspired by Kipling's Mowgli and by the sight of Gaiman's own toddler riding a tricycle through a graveyard.

This is a dark, macabre tale; but it is filled with hope. It is aimed at young adults, but kids of any age will enjoy it.

This was my third visit to this story, as I have read the 2-part graphic novel adaptation; and a short story in the "M Is for Magic" collection. And each time, I come away with a new appreciation for Neil Gaiman and his imagination.

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LadyDi52
May 04, 2020

A real page-turner! I really liked his use of the 33rd president of the USA as a ghoul; you have to look him up, Gaiman never says who and why.

Lovestoread5 Apr 13, 2020

Wonderfully voiced by a cast of characters you will grow to love! So glad I had the audio version instead of just reading the book (during COVID-19)! Nearly completes my goal of reading all the Newbery Medal winners from beginning to present!

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BruceDeming
Feb 10, 2020

Really fun and creative. No one combines creepy and endearing and a sense of humor like Neil Gaiman.

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Quirkysoul
Nov 15, 2019

My first Gaiman book read, and it has spoiled me for all other Gaiman. I have read this yearly since my first read, listened to Gaiman narrate and now the cast of narrators. I own it in hardback and Kindle. This book is perfect and will be with me always.

mko123 Nov 14, 2019

This book has it all: a murder, an orphan, a cemetery which is home to all kinds of ghosts and goblins, and lots of spirits from the past who are willing to help Bod, the orphan boy, live in both worlds-the real and the beyond. There is a mystery and a lot of wisdom in this gem. You wont be disappointed.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 10, 2019

This was a very interesting and unique story. Gaiman's style of writing is very descriptive, and that was very effective in helping me visualize the world. I loved how each chapter has its own introduction and conclusion because it made it easier to find time to read. I made connections between the Graveyard Book and the Jungle Book, as a young boy is thrust into the care of the most unlikely family. Like those jungle animals, the ghosts and ghouls that raise Bod have interesting perspectives on life and human nature. The horror aspects were very captivating, as I would expect from Neil Gaiman. Reading the inciting incident in the first chapter was very scary, and the tragedy reminded me of Harry Potter. Similarly to Harry, Bod undergoes magical training and learns fantastical skills in a way that is very entertaining to follow. My only criticism of The Graveyard Book is that it left some of my questions unanswered at the end, but perhaps Gaiman's intent was to stimulate imagination, not provide a conclusion. After all, we only follow Bod's life until he is a teenager, so I can only imagine where the rest of his life (and death) will take him. Overall, I would recommend The Graveyard Book to anyone who enjoys dark themes and mysterious characters. Rating: 4/5
@outdoorsman14 of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Dlbrownlow
May 02, 2019

a beautifully read book. not scary, fun suspense.

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Alyssa_RR
Feb 13, 2019

imaginative, creative. some fun. some mystery. not a lot of suspense.

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DanaLibrariana
Jul 31, 2019

“If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.”

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readingfairy
Aug 17, 2018

"The boy was a model pupil, forgettable and easily forgotten."
(Page 182)

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readingfairy
Aug 17, 2018

"There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife."
(Page 1)

Yellow_Cat_297 Jun 21, 2013

"People want to forget the impossible. It makes their world safer."

DesireeOnDeck Jul 19, 2012

good book to read

Ólive Jul 04, 2012

At the best of times his face was unreadable. Now his face was a book written in a language long forgotten, in an alphabet unimagined. Silas wrapped the shadows around him like a blanket, and stared after the way the boy had gone, and did not move to follow.

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LazyNeko
May 18, 2012

"Because there are mysteries. Because there are things that people are forbidden to speak about. Because there are things they do not remember."

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mayfairlady
Jun 21, 2010

Quotes From The Graveyard Book

"There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife. The knife had a handle of polished black bone and a blade finer and sharper than any razor...if it sliced you, you might not even know that you had been cut - not immediately.

The knife had done almost everything it was brought to the house to do and both the blade and the handle were wet... "

VeganGreen Jun 04, 2009

“I wanted to keep you perfectly safe,” said Silas. “But there is only one perfectly safe place for your kind and you will not reach it until all your adventures are over and none of them matter any longer.”

VeganGreen Jun 04, 2009

At the best of times his face was unreadable. Now his face was a book written in a language long forgotten, in an alphabet unimagined. Silas wrapped the shadows around him like a blanket, and stared after the way the boy had gone, and did not move to follow.

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Jeffrey_Hatcher
Feb 13, 2015

lively and imaginative - as well suited for adults as youth

DesireeOnDeck Jul 19, 2012

An toddler walks out of his house when an man waken in in all black his shoes was black and when he came to the baby carriage the moon was reflecting on his shoe he took out a knife then was about to kill the baby but the baby wasn't there it had escape the house and ends up in a graveyard. His recently deceased mother beseeches Mr. and Mrs. Owens, 500 year inhabitants of the graveyard, to care for and protect her son. The Owenses agree, and with the steadfast assistance of Silas, a shadowy figure who has the Freedom of the Graveyard, the young boy becomes the graveyard's only living residentI just read a book called The Graveyard Book which is a story that follows a two year old boy's odd life until he is fifteen years old. During his life he is raised by ghosts in an abandon graveyard! Nobody Owens his the name the ghosts who adopted him gave him. This story describes his most amazing adventures.

Ólive Jul 04, 2012

A toddler walks out of his house and ends up in a graveyard. His recently deceased mother beseeches Mr. and Mrs. Owens, 500 year inhabitants of the graveyard, to care for and protect her son. The Owenses agree, and with the steadfast assistance of Silas, a shadowy figure who has the Freedom of the Graveyard, the young boy becomes the graveyard's only living residentI just read a book called The Graveyard Book which is a story that follows a two year old boy's odd life until he is fifteen years old. During his life he is raised by ghosts in an abandon graveyard! Nobody Owens his the name the ghosts who adopted him gave him. This story describes his most amazing adventures.

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t_natrix
Jun 10, 2012

A 2 year old boy escapes his house right before his family is murdered, and ends up in the graveyard. His mother's ghost begs the ghosts which inhabit the graveyard to care for her living son, and hide him from the murderer. So Nobody Owens is raised by the graveyard folk until the day the murderer finds him, and then he has to avenge the death of his family.

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EBeaudoin
May 01, 2012

I just read a book called The Graveyard Book which is a story that follows a two year old boy's odd life until he is fifteen years old. During his life he is raised by ghosts in an abandon graveyard! Nobody Owens his the name the ghosts who adopted him gave him. This story describes his most amazing adventures.

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hikers
Feb 23, 2011

A toddler walks out of his house and ends up in a graveyard. His recently deceased mother beseeches Mr. and Mrs. Owens, 500 year inhabitants of the graveyard, to care for and protect her son. The Owenses agree, and with the steadfast assistance of Silas, a shadowy figure who has the Freedom of the Graveyard, the young boy becomes the graveyard's only living resident.

notTom Dec 16, 2010

In this 2009 Newberry Award winner, Nobody Owens has lived in the cemetery at the top of the hill since the night his family was murdered and a pair of ghosts took him in. Encountering vampires, specters, ghouls, werewolves, etc. on a daily basis, young Nobody ('Bod' for short) has the freedom of the graveyard, something accorded very rarely to living people. He has learned to fade, dream-walk, generate fear, and haunt as well as any living person can under the tutelage of the hundreds of ghosts living in his graveyard. As Nobody grows older, he seeks to find out why his parents and older sister were killed, and who exactly it was that killed them. To do this, he must leave the safety of the graveyard and face the danger that lies in wait for him out in the real world.

Set in a unique setting, told in a fresh way (Neil Gaiman himself narrates the audiobook) with a fascinating cast of characters, this book is an engaging hallmark of story-telling that is difficult to put down.

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