The Graveyard Book


The Graveyard Book is a stirring, memorable, special reading experience. Join the worlds of Bod, raised in the graveyard, but able to live within both mortal and immortal worlds.  It means he experiences and understands the best and worst of life and death. However, what are the dangers? What lies beneath? Then again, although he was rescued by the characters that live about the Graveyard, Jack, from whom he was stolen, lingers still….

Bookwagon recommends this wonderful title to readers with open minds and a strong commitment to wonder!

Winner of the Carnegie Medal; Winner of the Kate Greenaway Award

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The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell (illustrations)


The Graveyard Book deserves its classic status. After all, this is a truly original and gripping story that lingers long after the reading experience has ended.
Bod escapes from the evil Jack as a newborn baby, to be raised in the Graveyard by a host of eccentric, almost Dickensian characters. Bod can travel between life and death. He is tutored by spirits and given special skills. He experiences all that is good and bad (including food! )in the worlds of the living and the dead. What’s more, Bod’s able to remain unnoticed by people, terrify them and then, enter their dreams. However, Bod is not impenetrable, for Jack’s presence remains and he’s after Bod, and he’s threatening and clever.
Unlike Harry Potter, Bod’s life does not appear to be fated. It seems his experiences are of his own making.
Despite its ghoulish overtones and setting, this is an unsettling, fascinating, ‘life’ enhancing book, that dares to provoke the reader and convention. The Graveyard Book includes the ingredients that readers demand from a great read- good versus evil, friend versus foe, high adventure, core shaking fears, legend, superstition, revenge, lies and truths.


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