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BkRvw NeilGaiman Graveyard

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Published by: Gloria Riggs on Jun 30, 2010
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 THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil GaimanPage 1 of 26/29/10
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Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy.He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawlinggraveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitaryguardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of thedead.There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy-anancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading toan abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of theSleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come underattack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family. . . .Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous newnovel for the audience that embraced his
New York Times
bestsellingmodern classic
. Magical, terrifying, and filled withbreathtaking adventures, the graveyard book is sure to enthrallreaders of all ages.
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the author of many highly acclaimed and award-winning books for children and adults, including the
New York Times
#1 bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning novel
The Graveyard Book 
, the internationally bestselling
, and
Odd and the Frost Giants
. He is also the author of the picture books
Blueberry Girl 
,illustrated by Charles Vess;
The Wolves in the Walls
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
, and
Crazy Hair 
, illustrated byDave McKean; and
The Dangerous Alphabet 
, illustrated by GrisGrimly. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States.
The Graveyard Book 
, Neil Gaiman has created a charmingallegory of childhood. Although the book opens with a scary scene--afamily is stabbed to death by "a man named Jack” --the storyquickly moves into more child-friendly storytelling. The sole survivorof the attack--an 18-month-old baby--escapes his crib and hishouse, and toddles to a nearby graveyard. Quickly recognizing thatthe baby is orphaned, the graveyard's ghostly residents adopt him,name him Nobody ("Bod"), and allow him to live in their tomb.Taking inspiration from Kipling’s
The Jungle Book 
, Gaiman describeshow the toddler navigates among the headstones, asking a lot of questions and picking up the tricks of the living and the dead. Inserial-like episodes, the story follows Bod's progress as he growsfrom baby to teen, learning life’s lessons amid a cadre of the long-dead, ghouls, witches, intermittent human interlopers. A pallid,nocturnal guardian named Silas ensures that Bod receives food,books, and anything else he might need from the human world.Whenever the boy strays from his usual play among the headstones,he finds new dangers, learns his limitations and strengths, andacquires the skills he needs to survive within the confines of thegraveyard and in wider world beyond. (ages 10 and up)-–
Heidi Broadhead 

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