The Book Mark

Books that make the grade.

The Graveyard Book

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (B) wins the prize for the strangest book I have ever read.  Chosen as our book club selection for this month, it proves that it’s fun to occasionally read outside the box.

One night in London a family of three is murdered. Through a twist of fate, the young toddler of the family escapes death by crawling out the front door and into the neighboring graveyard.  The graveyard is the resting place of many historical figures. Its ghostly tenants save the living boy, in particular Mr. and Mrs. Owens, longtime residents who in life were childless. By some mystical power, the boy named Nobody (Bod) can see and hear these dead inhabitants.

His protectors raise him within the confines of the burial site, keeping him safe from the evil that lurks beyond its walls. “Jack”, the man who murdered his family, is patiently waiting for an opportunity to kill Bod.  As Bod ages, it becomes more urgent for Jack to find him and “finish” the job he set out to do 12 years earlier.

Oddly enough, I have to admit I enjoyed reading this young adult novel. Having won the Newbery Award that recognizes the best in children’s literature, it is intriguing and beautifully written.  The illustrations are charming and add a special touch that ignites the imagination.

I encourage all readers, young and younger to take a reading adventure with The Graveyard Book and discover the magic of fantasy.

 

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One response to “The Graveyard Book

  1. Freaky Folk Tales November 16, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Rosanne, thank you so much for alerting me to this book. Isn’t it interesting how a book marked out to be for young adults has a much broader appeal ….I guess there’s a whole history of such reads. I’m currently reading the wonderful short stories of Joan Aiken; her work certainly fits this broad age appeal.

    I’m not sure if you would be interested in taking a look at my book, GHOSTS AND OTHER SUPERNATURAL GUESTS. It comprises 12 tales of Gothic haunting, 1% on the blood count, 99% on the more spine-chilling thrills of the classic Victorian/Edwardian age. Just a thought!

    Kind regards, Paul

    http://freakyfolktales.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/ghosts-and-other-supernatural-guests-now-in-paperback/

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