The Graveyard Book: Book Review

Follow Bod has he grows up in the graveyard while a murderer pursues him. He is protected by the supernatural but will come face to face with destiny. Find out why you should read the Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman!

The Graveyard Book: Summary

Jack murders three members of a family but the child who is one-and-a-half-year-old boy, escapes and ends up at the graveyard nearby. He runs into a bunch of ghosts who find him and take him in after the mother of the child, now a ghost, asks them to take him in.

The child, nicknamed Bod” is raised in the graveyard by the ghosts that monsters that reside their. Bod is taught how to read and write, and even befriends a girl named Scarlett. But that friendship doesn’t last long.

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The Graveyard Book book summary

Throughout the novel, we follow Bod as he grows up around monsters and ghosts and shows some supernatural power. One day, Jack returns to finish the job and Bod must use everything he learned to survive and avenge his fallen family.


As many of you probably know, I am a big Gaiman fan and there should be more book reviews for his novels on this blog. That will happen in the upcoming weeks so be on the lookout for that. This is a wonderful story that was inspired by Gaiman seeing his children play in a graveyard. The places where inspiration comes is endless.

For those of you who haven’t read this novel, then I recommend you do. Along with Coraline, this is an iconic novel. Nobody but Gaiman could have written such a great young adult novel about a graveyard and a child.

The novel went on to win numerous awards such as the Newberry Medal, Hugo Award for Best Novel, the Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel, and the Carnegie Medal. Time Magazine included it in its 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All time.

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As my comments may allude, I really liked this novel. It is a fresh plot and it is great writing. Gaiman creates amazing worlds and characters and I am always delighted to see where his next novel takes me. Read this novel and see why it won so many awards and why Gaiman is one of the best fantasy writers alive.

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