Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Dave McKean
Nobody (Bod) Owens has lived his life as scarcely more than a shadow. When a man called Jack failed to kill him, Bod was left in the care of the graveyard ghosts and a mysterious guardian named Silas. Inside the graveyard, Bod experiences a dangerous world, falling through graves into worlds unexplored and climbing down ancient tunnels to speak with mysterious voices. Eventually, Bod and Silas make the decision to send Bod out for an education into the living world, where Jack finds him. With the help of his graveyard family, Bod uses all of the knowledge and experience he possesses to defeat Jack’s team and win himself a safe future in the living world.
The Graveyard Book is enchanting and well-written. Neil Gaiman develops Nobody exceptionally well, making him just relatable enough for readers to connect, but still peculiar enough to pique curiosity. The graveyard setting is eerie and mystical, creating the perfect location for this somewhat dark fantasy. This book’s mysterious tone is alluring, and Gaiman offers a wonderful literary example in suspense and mystery writing. The plot moves quickly so as to be thrilling and adventurous while still offering all the necessary detail to keep readers fully informed and enchanted. The book also provides an ethical commentary about how our actions affect the people around us. The Graveyard Book is sure to rivet audiences seeking adventure and an all-around good read.
*Contains mild violence.