Book #5: The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman is one of those eclectic authors whose works span fantasy, horror, graphic novels, and children’s lit. I have not read much of his adult works as I’ve heard they can be intense and explicit, but I really enjoy his kid’s lit. I read Fortunately, the Milk last year, and this year I picked up The Graveyard Book, a Newberry Medal, Carnegie Medal, and Hugo Award winner. This novel tells the story of Bod whose family is murdered when he is an infant and he is then raised by ghosts in the nearby graveyard. As he grows he has adventures with goblins, ghouls, witches, werewolves, and vampires. These aren’t scary characters; more like those in the Harry Potter series. Eventually Bod must face his horrible past and learn how to exist in the world of the living. I enjoyed this book but I’ve been a fan of the macabre since I discovered Edgar Allan Poe’s works in elementary school. It’s a well-written, engaging story with excellent illustrations, though it wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste.

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