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Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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The Graveyard Book (2008) by Neil Gaiman

This book is a masterpiece for children, young adults, and adults. It follows the strange and wonderful tale of Bod, a boy who is almost murdered as a baby but wanders into a graveyard just in time for its residents to take him into their protection. As he grows up in the graveyard he learns the ways of the dead, embarks on strange and terrifying adventures, and learns about the man who murdered his family.
Gaiman wrote this book as a series of smaller stories that follow Bod’s life to young teenage-hood in the style of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and the form suits it perfectly. Bod’s origins and journey into the graveyard leave many unanswered questions and as he grows up and goes on strange adventures with the otherworldly inhabitants of the graveyard he learns bits and pieces of his past. As he is assisted by members of the graveyard and the people and creatures he meets along the way, he ultimately unravels the truth about his family and the man who tried to kill him.

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