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The Graveyard Book

Gaiman, Neil (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Graveyard Book


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After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.
Authors: Gaiman, Neil
Title: The graveyard book
Publisher: New York :, HarperCollins Pub.,, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 312 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Series:
Statement of Responsibility: Neil Gaiman ; with illustrations by Dave McKean
Contents: How Nobody came to the graveyard
New friend
Hounds of God
Witch's headstone
Danse Macabre
Interlude: Convocation
Nobody Owens' school days
Every man Jack
Leavings and partings
Summary: After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.
Awards & Distinctions: Newbery Medal, 2009
Additional Contributors: McKean, Dave
ISBN: 9780060530921
0060530928
9780060530938
0060530936
Branch Call Number: j GAIMAN 2008
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Comment by: multcolib_dianaa Report This Mar 04, 2014

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a historic English graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. This is a wonderful book, and not just for kids.


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Report This Apr 05, 2014
  • modestgoddess rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I love Neil Gaiman's work and this novel pulled me right through. That being said, those indicating this is suitable for all ages are wrong - this is definitely not for younger children. It begins with parents and an older sibling being murdered in their beds, in their own home. This scene is not shown, only alluded to, but could still be enough to give kids nightmares and make them feel unsafe in their own homes for God knows how long... Then, too, there were scenes that were extremely anxiety-producing for me - and I'm in my 40s! Excellent work from an excellent writer. The only unsatisfying thing for me was that I never did really understand why Bod was targeted by the Jacks. The reason wasn't made clear. Didn't bother me too much, though - I just really enjoyed the ride.

had to read this for English class, it was boring and weird but some parts were ok, I liked Liza

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a historic English graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. This is a wonderful book, and not just for kids.

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  • francinerosepunia rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this was my favorite book , my brother got scared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BOO!

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  • black_polecat_5 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I found it to be a very light-hearted read.I quite enjoyed it`s simplicity,but I found the last 2 chapters to be almost disappointing and and It felt slightly rushed to an ending.But I would much rather have a quick ending,then have it drag on like the Maximum Ride series.So it deserved 5 stars in my opinion.

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  • meanderthal rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A great read for adults and children alike. I'd definitely read it again.

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  • Yellow_Cat_297 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Graveyard Book is both sinister and witty, and a great read for anyone. This book will make you smile and have chills go up your spine. Favorite character: Nobody Owens

Report This Jun 19, 2013
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Graveyard Book" is the story of Nobody Owens, called Bod for short, who has spent his life being raised by ghosts in a graveyard. He wandered in when he was a baby, shortly after the murder of his parents, and was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Owens, who had always wanted a child of their own while they were alive. He is also appointed a guardian--Silas, the mysterious man who is neither living nor dead, but is Bod's only link to the outside world. Bod grows up among the dead, but as he ages he ever-so-slowly forays into the world of the living. Each time, he brings himself closer to unknown danger: the man Jack who murdered his family is still out there...waiting... This was a great book. That being said, Silas is absolutely my favorite character and I would like to read a book about him next, pleaseandthankyou Mr. Gaiman.

by what your comments say i so want to read it

Report This Feb 03, 2013
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An extraordinary coming-of-age story! The graveyard is a rich, enclosed world, with a huge amount of variety. Gaiman is so thorough that the ghosts from different time periods speak differently, and when certain ones are introduced, the epithets on their headstones are mentioned. As for the other creatures, Gaiman has a way of introducing their species through descriptions, rather than plainly stating what they are, that is impressive. Bod himself is a fascinating character to follow as he grows up; curious, good-natured, and brave, you can't help but want to know what happens to him.

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Report This Jul 19, 2012
  • DesireeOnDeck rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An toddler walks out of his house when an man waken in in all black his shoes was black and when he came to the baby carriage the moon was reflecting on his shoe he took out a knife then was about to kill the baby but the baby wasn't there it had escape the house and ends up in a graveyard. His recently deceased mother beseeches Mr. and Mrs. Owens, 500 year inhabitants of the graveyard, to care for and protect her son. The Owenses agree, and with the steadfast assistance of Silas, a shadowy figure who has the Freedom of the Graveyard, the young boy becomes the graveyard's only living residentI just read a book called The Graveyard Book which is a story that follows a two year old boy's odd life until he is fifteen years old. During his life he is raised by ghosts in an abandon graveyard! Nobody Owens his the name the ghosts who adopted him gave him. This story describes his most amazing adventures.

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  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A toddler walks out of his house and ends up in a graveyard. His recently deceased mother beseeches Mr. and Mrs. Owens, 500 year inhabitants of the graveyard, to care for and protect her son. The Owenses agree, and with the steadfast assistance of Silas, a shadowy figure who has the Freedom of the Graveyard, the young boy becomes the graveyard's only living residentI just read a book called The Graveyard Book which is a story that follows a two year old boy's odd life until he is fifteen years old. During his life he is raised by ghosts in an abandon graveyard! Nobody Owens his the name the ghosts who adopted him gave him. This story describes his most amazing adventures.

Report This Jun 10, 2012
  • t_natrix rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A 2 year old boy escapes his house right before his family is murdered, and ends up in the graveyard. His mother's ghost begs the ghosts which inhabit the graveyard to care for her living son, and hide him from the murderer. So Nobody Owens is raised by the graveyard folk until the day the murderer finds him, and then he has to avenge the death of his family.

I just read a book called The Graveyard Book which is a story that follows a two year old boy's odd life until he is fifteen years old. During his life he is raised by ghosts in an abandon graveyard! Nobody Owens his the name the ghosts who adopted him gave him. This story describes his most amazing adventures.

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  • hikers rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A toddler walks out of his house and ends up in a graveyard. His recently deceased mother beseeches Mr. and Mrs. Owens, 500 year inhabitants of the graveyard, to care for and protect her son. The Owenses agree, and with the steadfast assistance of Silas, a shadowy figure who has the Freedom of the Graveyard, the young boy becomes the graveyard's only living resident.

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Report This Jun 21, 2013
  • Yellow_Cat_297 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"People want to forget the impossible. It makes their world safer."

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  • LazyNeko rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Because there are mysteries. Because there are things that people are forbidden to speak about. Because there are things they do not remember."

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  • DesireeOnDeck rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

good book to read

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  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

At the best of times his face was unreadable. Now his face was a book written in a language long forgotten, in an alphabet unimagined. Silas wrapped the shadows around him like a blanket, and stared after the way the boy had gone, and did not move to follow.

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Quotes From The Graveyard Book "There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife. The knife had a handle of polished black bone and a blade finer and sharper than any razor...if it sliced you, you might not even know that you had been cut - not immediately. The knife had done almost everything it was brought to the house to do and both the blade and the handle were wet... "

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  • VeganGreen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I wanted to keep you perfectly safe,” said Silas. “But there is only one perfectly safe place for your kind and you will not reach it until all your adventures are over and none of them matter any longer.”

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  • VeganGreen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

At the best of times his face was unreadable. Now his face was a book written in a language long forgotten, in an alphabet unimagined. Silas wrapped the shadows around him like a blanket, and stared after the way the boy had gone, and did not move to follow.

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