Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman | Book Review

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Reading Group: 4th Grade+

Personal Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Given Summary: In this Newbery Medal-winning novel, Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.
Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are being such as ghouls that aren't really one thing or the other.
The Graveyard Book won the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal and is a Hugo Award Winner for Best Novel.
Supports the Common Core State Standards

Cover: This cover actually isn't the one that is on my copy of the book.  This one has some type of gravestone on it with a blue background.  My edition is all gray with a gravestone of an angel.  What I like about this book is that there are actually illustrations throughout the whole thing and it makes it a little more fun to read.

My Review:  My brother gave me this book to read a long time ago and it just kept getting put at the bottom of the pile.  So I finally got a chance to read it and it was really good.  It reminds me of Harry Potter in the way that it's a children's book, but anyone could read it.  It was a really interesting story and beautifully written.  I didn't know if I would like it when my brother handed it to me because we have similar tastes, but also very different tastes at the same time.  However, I was pleasantly surprised.  As I was reading it I kept thinking it was more a book of short stories about Bod rather than one, but by the end, all of the little adventures he got into when he was little came together and helped him fight against the Jacks.  As some of you may have guessed, I was a little sad when Silas took away Scarlett's memory and she forgot about Bod.  When she came back I was so excited because this was their time.  They were both older and I wanted them to have a cute little romance.  I mean they were only fifteen so I didn't need it to be some great love story, but a little something would have been nice.  I was also sad that Bod started to lose his powers that let him see the ghosts at the end of the story.  But I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone and I think I even saw it on a "Books Every Middle Schoolers Should Read" list at one point.  Neil Gaiman knows how to write so even if you don't think the storyline sounds that interesting, try it, because the way a story is told makes or breaks it and this one is told beautifully.

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