The Graveyard Book
I read The Graveyard Book over the long weekend while I visited Sonika, and I’m telling you, this is a testament to how awesome Neil Gaiman is because we packed our days and I was exhausted every night.
The Graveyard Book won the Newberry Award last year, which is an award for young adult books. Although Gaiman hadn’t heard of the award when his agent called to give him the news, it still puts his book in fairly good company if you’re into young adult books at all- or were ever a kid.
The book opens with the murders of an entire family, except for the toddler son, who crawls out the open door and into the graveyard across the street. The ghosts decide to protect the child, and name him Nobody Owens. As he grows up, he moves back and forth between the living and the dead, and eventually comes face to face with his would-be murderer. The dialogue is wonderful, as are the histories of the ghosts and Nobody’s guardians.
As someone who reads the graphic novels on occasion, I also really enjoyed the illustrations by Dave McKean, who rocks my socks off.
All in all, a great book, as I promptly came home and recommended it to my mom, and decided I might just have to own a copy for myself.