Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman

Nobody Owens does not exist in the same world as everyone else.  He's in that in-between.  He's human, raised by ghosts in a graveyard and he can do many of the things that ghosts can do.

He can fade to invisibility, inspire fear, and walk dreams.

He can also get into trouble, have problems with his homework, get kidnapped by ghouls, and get rescued by werewolves.  So he's still just like any normal boy.

And he's in danger.

His parents were murdered because of him and their murderer is trying to find him to finish the job.

Final thoughts:  Starting out at the scene of a triple murder can be a jolting way to start a book that ended up being the Hugo Award and Newbery Award winner for 2009.  Bod's story is well-told and fascinating.  I find myself worried about him as he heads off into the world, but also sure that he will make the most out of life, especially since he's spent so much time around death.

Rating: 5/5

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