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Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

This received high kudos from one of the smart young authors at Teen Writing Club, a group of incredibly talented teenagers who write stories *for fun*...and spend their own time sharing it with me and their peers.

So I had mentioned finishing Coraline and Beth exclaimed that The Graveyard Book was one of her favorites. With such high praise, I had to give it a go.

And it was definitely well-deserved high praise. This story is incredibly original and creative (to me). It starts out pretty gruesome and by the end, it all comes full circle.

Nobody Owens is the main character. A young toddler who "escapes" a mass murder of his family by crawling to the nearby graveyard. It is here that his new life begins, being adopted by the graveyard inhabitants. Yes. The ghosts of those buried there.

The reader meets these ghosts and finds that Nobody, AKA "Bod", can actually do ghostly things as a human.

There is action but for the most part, this book is an incredible story of relationships and a growing boy.

I loved it. I don't know that I loved it as much in the beginning as I did towards the end but it certainly will be something I will reflect on fondly, and miss the characters that I grew to know.

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