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The Graveyard Book

Average rating
4 out of 5
Based on 27,660 Ratings and 6,897 Reviews

Book Description
In The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman has created a charming allegory of childhood. Although the book opens with a scary scene--a family is stabbed to death by "a man named Jack" --the story quickly moves into more child-friendly storytelling. The sole survivor of the attack--an 18-month-old baby--escapes his crib and his house, and toddles to a nearby graveyard. Quickly recognizing that the baby is... More
Book Information
PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
BindingLibrary Binding (40 editions)
Reading LevelAges 9-12
# of Pages320
ISBN-100060530936
ISBN-13978-0060530938
Publication Date09/30/2008
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About Neil Gaiman (Author) : Neil Gaiman is a published author, creator, and a narrator of children's books and young adult books. Some of the published credits of Neil Gaiman include Now We Are Sick, Coraline, American Gods (Una... more
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About Dave McKean (Illustrator) : Dave McKean is a published author and an illustrator of children's books and young adult books. Some of the published credits of Dave McKean include The Graveyard Book LP, Coraline Movie Tie-in Editio... more
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Nobody Owens is an unusual boy. He was raised in a graveyard...
Reader Comments
8/30/2011 Gail Fattori said: I am reading this one and cannot put it down.
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4/5/2011 Laura Clement said: I am constantly amazed, impressed and in awe of Neil's writing, his imagination and wit. Once again he turns the world upside down and gives you a chance to move beyond the comfort of your imagination to somewhere deeper and darker.
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10/2/2010 Gail Fattori said: It is really wonderful and unique. That always catches me up. He is not afraid to write what feels right. It is awesome so far.
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5/3/2010 Sara Scribner tagged as: I recommend, I read

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4/17/2010 Kate Russell said:
Neil Gaiman writes the most unusual, involving, sometimes frightening and always interesting novels. You can always count on him to surprise and amaze. This one is about a small boy who is raised by ghosts in a graveyard after his family is murdered. Neil Gaiman's books tend to have a lot of dark... more

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3/22/2010 andrew jacobson

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3/18/2010 Will Strong said: The first 10 pages of this book are the scariest thing I've ever read. Great stuff.

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3/10/2010 Katie W tagged as: I read

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12/8/2009 Katy Philby tagged as: I'm reading

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10/26/2009 Bobbi Rightmyer said: I loved this book!
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10/16/2009 Emily Grandin said: Was a bit turned off Gaiman for a while but this book (and Coraline) really surprised me! Perfect fall reading... taken with tea of choice!
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10/7/2009 Kendra Patterson tagged as: I'm reading

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10/3/2009 Nancy Smith said:
Newbery Winner 2009. I intensely disliked the first 1/2 of this book. It moved too slow. There seemed like there were too many characters. The imagery was good however. The second 1/2 moved much quicker. I began to enjoy it. There was more of a philosphical message played out. I enjoyed the h... more

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9/29/2009 Jason Pym

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9/22/2009 Lyn Lauffer tagged as: DCF

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9/21/2009 Leanne Windsor tagged as: I read

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9/8/2009 Trisha Slay said: Anyone who reads this book and doesn't absolutely love it must be emotionally comatose or made of stone.
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8/19/2009 Loni Edwards tagged as: I'm reading

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7/28/2009 Tamara Schmidt said: I'm perplexed why this won the Newberry...I did not find the writing style or characters at all compelling - they were transparent as his ghosts. A good premise for a story, but it did not deliver for me.
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7/15/2009 Nicholas Hanna tagged as: I recommend, I read

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7/9/2009 Debbie - onyx95 said:
Never look at a cemetery the same again, such a interesting and different way of telling a ghost story. As usual for Neil Gaiman books, I started this one unsure how much I would read. It all sounds so strange in the beginning, but his writing seems to draw me in. Less than half way in I was attache... more

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7/9/2009 John Morath said: Jungle Book meets the Nightmare Before Christmas . . . Gaiman is an absolute genius! He has an uncanny ability to make otherwise impossible characters real--people (living and dead) that readers root for as if they were old friends.
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6/23/2009 julia b tagged as: I recommend, I read

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6/22/2009 Chris Doyle said: I did not think I would like this book, but I did! It's a very satisfying story, and the main character is very likeable.
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5/19/2009 Barb Everhart said: Wonderful read.
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5/14/2009 Sarah Mullen Gilbert said: A new and interesting setting with characters that are solid yet ghostly at the same time. Another exciting journey from Neil Gaiman!
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5/1/2009 SJ Kessel said:
Gaiman, N. (2008). The Graveyard Book. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. 9780060530938 After his family is murdered, a nameless toddler finds himself safe in an old graveyard and protected by the ghosts. Given the name Bod, short for Nobody Owens (Nobody Owns, get it?), he is taught by the... more

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4/19/2009 S. Heather Mann tagged as: I read

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4/8/2009 Lynda Adamson said: The audio is equal to the book with Gaiman reading it.
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4/6/2009 Kathleen Duble tagged as: I read

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4/3/2009 Angelika Riedel Lochner said: Wonderful book--well worth the 20 or so years it took to write.

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3/26/2009 Matt Layne said: Nobody does it better!
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3/14/2009 Mai Kemble tagged as: Inspired me, I recommend

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3/11/2009 Catherine Haines said:
The first thing that comes to my mind when I try to describe The Graveyard Book is “interesting format”. Instead of being a continuous tale over a shortish period of time broken up into chapters, The Graveyard Book is a series of short stories, with each telling a tale from a different period in... more

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2/24/2009 Carmela Martino

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2/9/2009 Natisha LaPierre said:
Neil Gaiman has mastered adding creepiness to a story that takes the reader to a brand new level. I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this up, and I haven't found a Gaiman book that I haven't enjoyed. The story was very original and well told. The only thing I might add is that I'm unsure ... more

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2/5/2009 Claudia Osmond said: I love all things Neil Gaiman!

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1/29/2009 Lisa Knasiak said: Gaiman weaves words that mesmerize.

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1/28/2009 Brooke Frautschi said: I have just listened to your videos. That first chapter is pretty frightening, especially when you speak of leather gloves and you are wearing a leather jacket! Great details. I did much better in the second chapter - loved the dialogue. Congratulations. Brooke

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1/20/2009 Scotti Cohn said: Beautifully written, with compelling characters. A fascinating story.

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10/25/2008 Angela Mann said: 4852370

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10/3/2008 Samantha Tai

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9/25/2008 celia Leary said: Cant wait to read this!

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