The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

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An orphaned boy is raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060530921
0060530928
9780060530938
0060530936
9780062349187
Branch Call Number: Y Fiction
Characteristics: 312 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: McKean, Dave

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YNGR_Teens Oct 02, 2015

An orphaned boy is raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.


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vv19
Aug 03, 2017

A book is good when you finished reading it quickly within a couple of days. But a book is great when after falling in love with the main character you are sad to see him leave you. Nobody Owens is one of those characters who leave you wondering. Wondering about life, people, and whether you lived life to its fullest. One of my favorite quotes is near the end of the story and is said by Liza, "Truly, life is wasted on the living, Nobody Owens. For one of us is too foolish to live, and it is not I. Say you will miss me." ("The Graveyard Book", by Neil Gaiman)
This story is beautifully written and poetic to the end. It is obvious why this book won the Newberry Award. Literature is not dead and found in "The Graveyard Book".

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jenniferrabbit
Jan 02, 2017

I had read this years ago and liked it then (and still do on re-reading) but recently I read the graphic novel version, and liked it MUCH more. I never did like the original illustrations (David MacKean) and now that I have something to compare it to, I REALLY don't like them.

Nevertheless I recommend this story as a skillfully executed and cleverly imagined story of what it would be like for a live baby to be brought up by ghosts in a graveyard, get educated and introduced to the living world, confront evil and go on to live an independent adult life.

But if you like graphic novels, go there instead.

AL_ELAINE Nov 29, 2016

Compelling read from beginning to end, very quirky and different, sorrowful atmosphere bursting with emotion- very worth the time.

JCLSamS Oct 26, 2016

Though I found Bod to be a rather lackluster protagonist and the plot in great need of better organization, this was still a fun enough read to be worth the time. Gaiman, as always, is a wonderfully imaginative writer with a very unique and enjoyable sense of humor.

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Shadynuk
Aug 18, 2016

It would be more useful if you told us something about the book's content instead of just the 'awards' given to the author. Should I can about awards??

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green_snake_744
May 20, 2016

not like other books but in a good way

aconley74 Apr 05, 2016

5.1 MG / Grace

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JihadiConservative
Apr 04, 2016

Winner of the 2009 Newbery Award, the 2010 Carnegie medal, and the 2009 Hugo Award, The Graveyard Book is a spooky and fun story about a brave young boy who longs for human contact and his adventures growing up among ghosts. In the first few pages, a killer named “the man Jack” slaughters an entire family, except for one toddler who has wandered away and down to the nearby cemetery. He is adopted by a group of ghosts. They name him Nobody (or Bod for short) Owens. Bod grows up in the safety of the graveyard and learns all the tricks of the ghosts. As he gets older, he makes friends and tries to venture out into the world outside the cemetery.

Murderers, secret societies, ghosts and a boy who grows up in a graveyard. This is like The Jungle Book of gothic horror. In fact, Neil Gaiman actually said that The Jungle Book served as an inspiration for The Graveyard Book. Like Mowgli’s jungle, Bod’s graveyard is as much a part of the story as any character. Both offer the boys both protection and danger, and both eventually become smothering as the boys discover that there’s more to life and themselves than what is hanging out in the jungle or the graveyard.

amandarobinson Feb 26, 2016

Another quirky, original, vivid, and exciting read by Neil Gaiman. One of his best works.

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nmarshall89
Dec 11, 2015

This book is quirky, fascinating and filled with vivid characters.

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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.

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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.

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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