Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Young Adult Fiction 4/12/2010

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

A warning: this book is not for the faint of heart. In this Newberry award-winning book, Neil Gaiman tells the story of Bod, short for Nobody, who grows up in a graveyard, raised by ghosts. When Bod crawls out of his crib as a baby, his family is murdered by a strange man named "Jack." The ghosts of Bod's family beg the inhabitants of the graveyard to care for him, and so Bod grows up away from normal humans.

While a bit spooky, The Graveyard Book is definitely an interesting read. It comes with beautiful, sort of graphic novelesque illustrations by Dave McKean. This is a great book for young adults who are interested in something a bit different than the norm, and are not afraid of ghosts.

1 comment:

  1. The first scene in the book is a bit too realistic, considering the target audience. The rest of the spooky stuff feels like appropriate fantasy.

    A good read for adults and I've heard no complaints from the kids who have read it. It won two major awards as well: Newbery and Hugo.

    The best news is that one of my favorite movie directors, Neil Jordan, is making the movie. But, don't skip the book!

    The Backroom Ghost at MBTB