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The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book

By: Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell (Illustrator)

Paperback Published: September 2009
ISBN: 9780747594802
Number Of Pages: 298
For Ages: 14 - 18 years old

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'It's going to take more than a couple of good-hearted souls to raise this child. It will,' said Silas, 'take a graveyard.'

An original adventure story about a boy raised by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres of a local graveyard. From the inimitable, bestselling author Neil Gaiman.

When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard?

Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod's life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?

'I wish my younger self could have had the opportunity to read and re-read this wonderful book, and my older self wishes that I had written it.' - Garth Nix

About The Author

Neil Gaiman is the multi-award-winning and bestselling author of Coraline and Stardust, both of which are major motion films. Neil also writes screenplays for other people's films as well as books for adults and picture books for younger readers. Neil is British and lives in the USA. He travels extensively promoting his books.


Winner of the Newbery Medal 2009 Winner of the 2009 Locus Award (Young Adult Book) Winner of the 2009 Hugo Award (Best Novel)

Industry Reviews

'Thrilling, elegant and joyously macabre. You will love it to death' Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles 'One of the joys of reading Gaiman is how he subverts our expectations of magic, horror, fantasy and the mundane' The Times 'This brief, dark, savoury adventure deserves to become a modern classic of children's writing' Independent on Sunday 'Suspenseful, well-told and touching' The Sunday Times

Intense, wildly imaginative and at times terrifying!


This book would be perfect for a young readers from 12 - 15, but they need to be competent readers. The fantastic and noir combine, taking the reader on a dangerous adventure with Bod who lives in an historic graveyard where he comes as a baby and is brought up by the ghosts of people from hundreds of years before Bod's lifetime and the murder of his parents and older sister. Dark and cruel forces are abroad in the world and Bod's guardian is one of the forces from between the worlds of the living and the dead who are fighting to destroy them. The graveyard setting and the characters within it are eccentric and protective of Bod. They protect and teach him how to survive with skills from the spirit world. The sweep of time, characters and layered worlds is intriguing and vividly evoked. A Year 8 students I know has been set this as a class novel. What a pity! It's way outside her capabilities and the work set for her to do just leaves her floundering. The students are expected to read it on their own and then have to write interpretative commentaries. What's happened to the idea of a range of texts to meet different students' needs and then genuinely SHARED texts taught by a teacher who helps open the worlds and ideas within through reading aloud, discussion, group work, creative engagement etc.



Wonderfully imaginative read


Really enjoyed reading it, more for younger teens but adults with a youthful spirit will enjoy it too.



The Graveyard Book

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ISBN: 9780747594802
ISBN-10: 0747594805
Audience: BCH
For Ages: 14 - 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 298
Published: September 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.8  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1

Neil Gaiman

About the Author

Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman, born 10 November 1960, is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book.

He has won numerous awards, including Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, Newbery Medal, and Carnegie Medal. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book (2008).

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