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The Graveyard Book

By Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Dave McKean, Foreword by Margaret Atwood

The 10th anniversary edition of The Graveyard Book includes a foreword by Margaret Atwood as well as sketches from the illustrator, handwritten drafts, and Neil Gaiman’s Newbery acceptance speech.

IT TAKES A GRAVEYARD TO RAISE A CHILD.

Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family.

The Graveyard Book, a modern classic, is the only work ever to win both the Newbery (US) and Carnegie (UK) medals.

  • Grade level: 7
  • Interest Level: 5-12
  • Guided Reading Level: Z
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • Format: Paperback
  • On Sale: 11/30/-0001
  • ISBN: 9780060530945
  • ISBN 10: 0060530944
  • ISBN 13: 9780060530945
  • Pages: 368
  • Trim Size: 5.13 x 7.63 in
  • Subcategory:
  • Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
  • Juvenile Fiction / Horror & Ghost Stories
  • Juvenile Fiction / Family / Alternative Family

New York Times Book Review“The Graveyard Book, by turns exciting and witty, sinister and tender, shows Gaiman at the top of his form. In this novel of wonder, Neil Gaiman follows in the footsteps of long-ago storytellers, weaving a tale of unforgettable enchantment.”

Washington Post“Like a bite of dark Halloween chocolate, this novel proves rich, bittersweet and very satisfying.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)“Wistful, witty, wise—and creepy. This needs to be read by anyone who is or has ever been a child.”

Booklist (starred review)“This is an utterly captivating tale that is cleverly told through an entertaining cast of ghostly characters. There is plenty of darkness, but the novel’s ultimate message is strong and life affirming….this is a rich story with broad appeal. ”

Horn Book (starred review)“Lucid, evocative prose and dark fairy-tale motifs imbue the story with a dreamlike quality. …this ghost-story-cum-coming-of-age-novel as readable as it is accomplished.”

Diana Wynne Jones, author of The Chronicles of Chrestomanci“This is, quite frankly, the best book Neil Gaiman has ever written. How he has managed to combine fascinating, friendly, frightening and fearsome in one fantasy I shall never know, but he has pulled it off magnificently - perfect for Halloween and any other time of the year.”

Garth Nix, author of The Abhorsen Trilogy“I wish my younger self could have had the opportunity to read and re-read this wonderful book, and my older self wishes that I had written it.”

Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife“It takes a graveyard to raise a child. My favorite thing about this book was watching Bod grow up in his fine crumbly graveyard with his dead and living friends. The Graveyard Book is another surprising and terrific book from Neil Gaiman.”

Laurell K. Hamilton, author of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels“After finishing The Graveyard Book, I had only one thought — I hope there’s more. I want to see more of the adventures of Nobody Owens, and there is no higher praise for a book.”

Holly Black, co–creator of The Spiderwick Chronicles“The Graveyard Book is endlessly inventive, masterfully told and, like Bod himself, too clever to fit into only one place. This is a book for everyone. You will love it to death.”

Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn“The Graveyard Book manages the remarkable feat of playing delightful jazz riffs on Kipling’s classic Jungle Books. One might call this book a small jewel, but in fact it’s much bigger within than it looks from the outside.”

Joe Hill, author of Heart–Shaped BoxThe Graveyard Book is everything everyone loves about Neil Gaiman, only multiplied many times over, a novel that showcases his effortless feel for narrative, his flawless instincts for suspense, and above all, his dark, almost silky sense of humor.

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