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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Posted by Laura Losch on February 26, 2009

If you recall from a previous posting, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman won the Newbery Award. I finally snatched a copy of this book and read it. I’ve got to say – I have mixed feelings about this book. I really just found it sort of odd. It was neither an awesome book nor was it a bad book. The summary of the story is a serial killer named Jack has been hired to kill an entire family. While he is murdering the parents and daughter, the baby of the family climbs out of his crib and walks away. He actually just walks out the door! He makes his way to the local cemetery. A group of ghosts and ghouls find him and, with killer Jack quick on his trail, the ghosts decide to raise the boy and protect him.

After 14 years of living in the cemetery, among the dead, Bod or Nobody (that’s what the ghosts named him!!) wants to leave the cemetery and experience the real world. Is the killer Jack still out there? Will Bod be able to make it in the real world after having lived with ghosts? The book gets mighty confusing after that point. I will say, I was very surprised at where the killer shows back up in the story. You’ll have to check this book out and read it for yourself.

Do you find it weird? Do you think it should have won the Newbery? I should also point out that Neil Gaiman is the same author who wrote Coraline, which is a now a movie! And it’s sort of a weird book too! Gaiman also wrote Stardust, which I don’t think we have in our library, but is a fantasy story that I really enjoyed. So needless to say – Neil Gaiman is hit or miss with me. Sometimes I like his books – sometimes I don’t (does that remind you of Mounds and Almond Joy? that’s a 1990’s reference by the way).

Don’t forget the Book Fair is next week!! “Knights in Hollywood” is headed you’re way!! Collect your change!!

See you in the library!

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