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(Last Updated On: November 1, 2021)
After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family...
Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.
This book follows a child named Nobody Owens, whose family was murdered when he was just a wee toddler. He survives this murder and toddles on into the graveyard, where a ghost family decides to keep him and watch over him as he grows older. Bod only knows about this life in the graveyard, because he never really leaves the graveyard at all. He knows about the supernatural yet not about what the real world is actually like.
I really enjoyed this book because it was so different from anything I’ve ever read before. Neil Gaiman has this way of writing that just keeps you hooked on every little word, every little pause, every little sentence. It’s just so amazing. I know for sure that I’ll have to read more Neil Gaiman. Bod was such an awesome character too, and I loved learning about his family and the supernatural along with him, and the way that he was schooled, and the way that he had someone that was always looking over him in the Graveyard.
I feel like this book was just such a wonderful fantasy read, kind of along the lines of A Series of Unfortunate Events and Harry Potter, both of which I grew up reading so it was kind of like a nice way to go back to then. I really need to read more books like this. This novel also has many illustrations strewn throughout, which is a really fun addition to the story. It helps you envision the world and characters that Gaiman is creating. Overall, it was just a really good book.
“You’re alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you’re dead, it’s gone. Over. You’ve made what you’ve made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished.”
“You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
“Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken.”
“It’s like the people who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn’t work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. If you see what I mean.”
Recommended for fans of:
A Series of Unfortunate Events
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