The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Somehow escaping the house while the rest of his family was being murdered, a tiny child crawled up the hill to a graveyard and was adopted. He would become known as 'Nobody (Bod) Owens' or the 'live child' to all in the graveyard. Mister and Mistress Owens took him in and became his parents. While another known as Silas became his guardian as was able to go outside of the graveyard. Being raised by a graveyard full of ghosts had certain advantages for Bod, he was able to see int eh dark, he learned how to be almost invisible, he also learned history form a very unique perspective. Learning how to take care of himself if the man Jack (the one who killed his first family) ever came after him was something that would wait, but for how long.
**** 4 - Never look at a graveyard the same again, such an interesting and different way of telling a ghost story. As usual for a Neil Gaiman book, I started this one unsure how much I would read. It all sounded so strange in the beginning, but his writing seems to draw me in. Less than half way in I was attached to Bod and his unusual way of existing and learning and discovering. The character development is slow, but once I was connected, I found it hard not to wonder what was gong to happen in the graveyard next. It was well worth the wait.
April 27, 2009