Review: The Graveyard Book

It takes a village to raise a child, but does a graveyard of ghosts count? The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is the story of a boy adopted by a community of ghosts after he becomes orphaned. Under rather horrible circumstances. And still under threat of death. Gammon once again proves he's a master story teller in this fun story of ghostly and ghastly deeds.

Rated: 5 / 5

After narrowly escaping murder along with his family, a child we come to know as "Nobody Owens", or Bod, is adopted by a graveyard community of ghosts. The Graveyard Book is Bod's story told from his perspective. Neil Gaiman's writing and storytelling do a wonderful job bringing us into Bod's world. Gammon's combination of the normal trials and tribulations of growing up with the otherworldly twist makes the story a wonderful jumble of familiar and strange. And what good is a ghost story without supernatural danger? As Bod grows up, we know the thing that killed his family is still out there!

Those of you who are Neil Gammon fans will need no encouragement to read The Graveyard Book. For the rest of you who enjoy a good ghost story of the non-horrific type I recommend this book. It's a great afternoon read.

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