Young Adult Fiction: Book Annotation 4

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman:

Honestly, I don’t read a lot of Young Adult literature. This isn’t to say I read books that are inaccessible to young adults, but it’s not a genre I’ve explored much at all. However, I’ll use any and all excuses to read and write about something of Neil Gaiman’s. So there you have it.

Synopsis:

Nobody Owens isn’t a ghost, but he was raised as one. Rather, he was raised by ghosts. The only survivor of a grisly family murder when he was just a toddler, Bod found a home in the cemetery up the hill. Prompted by the fleeting ghosts of his real parents, Bod has been looked after by a tall, mysterious guardian and a kindly “middle-aged” ghost couple, who weren’t able to have children during their… well, lives. As Bod grows up, the mystery surrounding his identity and that of the man who tried to kill him unfold. Romance, adventure, suspense, and hilarity abound in Gaiman’s 2009 Huge Award winning novel.

Appeals:

I can think of few people to whom I wouldn’t recommend this book. In fact, I can’t wait until my imaginary children are old enough to read it. I’ll be so proud… Gaiman’s writing is eloquent as usual, and straightforward without feeling “dumbed down”. Readers who like horror, mystery, and fantasy, but would rather do without the violence and gore, would probably enjoy The Graveyard Book. Existing fans of Gaiman who have not read it will promptly have a copy thrown at them. This is your warning.

Read Alikes:

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn

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