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.