Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Winner of the 2009 Newbery Award, this charming tale tells the adventures of Bod, a normal boy with an unusual upbringing.
Surviving the assassination of his family, by toddling into the graveyard as a baby, Bod - short for Nobody - Owens is given ghostly abilities, "the freedom of the graveyard", by the ghosts who reside there.

Protected by his guardian, the mysterious Silas, who belongs to neither the world of the living or the dead, raised and schooled by ghostly teachers, Bod explores, adventures and learns about life using the abilities granted him.

Follow Bod as he enters an ancient Indigo Man’s tomb, falls prey to ghouls and their ghoul gate, discovers a witch, dances the
Macabray and uncovers the reason for his family’s death.

This collection of tales, so reminiscent of Kipling’s Jungle Book is a delight. Wonderfully inventive, an enthralling story that leaves readers wanting more and to cap it all - read by Neil Gaiman himself!

Part of my 100+ Book Challenge