The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him – after all, he is the last remaining member of the family. A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod’s life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?
Neil Gaiman is an amazing writer and I’ve read several of his books, this, however, has already become my favourite one. The characters are so well realised it feels like you’re reading about old friends; the plot is suspensful and keeps you gripped from start to finish; and although aimed at the youth market, has enough oomph to keep any adult reader amused to the last page. To top it all, this version has beautiful pen and ink illustrations by Chris Riddell (who also illustrated The Edge Chronicles) to enchant readers of any age. It’s a lot of fun to read and you get really invested in the action, so the pages fly past – grab it, read it, love it!
Reviewed by Kell Smurthwaite