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Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2008

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The Graveyard Book

  • Genre: Fiction; Fantasy
  • Originally Published: 2008
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 820L; Grades 6-9
  • Structure/Length: 8 parts; approximately 320 pages; approximately 7 hours, 43 minutes on audiobook
  • Protagonist/Central Conflict: The novel follows Nobody "Bod" Owens, a boy who is raised in a graveyard by ghosts after his family is murdered. Bod's upbringing is unique, as he learns ghostly skills and navigates the border between the living and the dead. However, danger lurks beyond the graveyard, as the man who killed his family still seeks him. The central conflict revolves around Bod's journey of self-discovery, his desire to understand his past, and his confrontation with the forces of evil.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Murder and violence; loss of family; bullying; themes of death, confronting evil, and the supernatural

Neil Gaiman, Author

  • Bio: Born 1960; British author known for his works in fantasy, horror, and children's literature; The Graveyard Book is inspired by Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book; acclaimed for his unique storytelling style and imaginative worlds; a prolific writer of graphic novels and comics; contributed to literature, television, film, and other media; explores the boundaries between reality and the supernatural
  • Other Works: Norse Mythology (2017); The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013); Coraline (2002); American Gods (2001); Stardust (1999); Neverwhere (1996); Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett, 1990)
  • Awards: Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel (2008); Newbery Medal (2009); Hugo Award for Best Novel (2009); World Fantasy Award (shortlisted, 2009); Carnegie Medal (2010)