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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Staff Review by Ann Kling:

One night in modern Britain, a man named Jack murders a father, mother and a little girl.  But the baby boy of the family escapes.  He toddles his way to the local graveyard where he is rescued and then taken in by a childless ghost couple, the Owens, who allow him to live in their tomb.  Nobody Owens (Bod for short) spends his childhood in the graveyard with the ghosts from many eras, and a guardian, a benevolent creature of the night who brings him food, clothes, and books from outside the graveyard.

As he grows to adulthood, Bod has many adventures. He goes through the ghoul gate to the land of the ghouls, experiences the Danse Macabre, befriends a witch, and visits an ancient hidden tomb where the Sleer guard the treasure while awaiting the return of the Master. Bod cannot leave his graveyard home because Jack is waiting to finish the job he botched when Bod was a baby.  As time goes by, Bod yearns to join the land of the living.  Will he be able to survive?  

At times wistful and suspenseful, this is an enjoyable read for older children, young adults and adults. Gaiman is the author of many books for all ages, most famously Coraline, which was made into a movie by director Tim Burton.

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