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The graveyard book, Neil Gaiman ; with illustrations by Dave McKean

Label
The graveyard book
Title
The graveyard book
Statement of responsibility
Neil Gaiman ; with illustrations by Dave McKean
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An orphaned boy is raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2009
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2008
  • Carnegie Medal, 2010.
  • Garden State Teen Book Award (New Jersey), Fiction (Grades 6-8), 2011.
  • Hugo Award for Best Novel, 2009.
  • Indies' Choice Book Awards, Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book, 2009.
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award for Grades 6-8, 2010.
  • Locus Young Adult Book Award, 2009.
  • Newbery Medal, 2009.
  • USBBY Outstanding International Book, 2009.
  • Wisconsin Library Association Children's Book Awards: Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award, 2009.
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2009
Review
  • Gr. 6-10 /*Starred Review*/ While a highly motivated killer murders his family, a baby, ignorant of the horrific goings-on but bent on independence, pulls himself out of his crib and toddles out of the house and into the night. This is most unfortunate for the killer, since the baby was his prime target. Finding his way through the barred fence of an ancient graveyard, the baby is discovered by Mr. and Mrs. Owens, a stable and caring couple with no children of their own—and who just happen to be dead. After much debate with the graveyard's rather opinionated denizens, it is decided that the Owenses will take in the child. Under their care and the sponsorship of the mysterious Silas, the baby is named "Nobody" and raised among the dead to protect him from the killer, who relentlessly pursues him. This is an utterly captivating tale that is cleverly told through an entertaining cast of ghostly characters. There is plenty of darkness, but the novel's ultimate message is strong and life affirming. Although marketed to the younger YA set, this is a rich story with broad appeal and is highly recommended for teens of all ages. -- Koelling, Holly (Reviewed 09-15-2008) (Booklist, vol 105, number 2, p54)
  • Gr 5–8— Somewhere in contemporary Britain, "the man Jack" uses his razor-sharp knife to murder a family, but the youngest, a toddler, slips away. The boy ends up in a graveyard, where the ghostly inhabitants adopt him to keep him safe. Nobody Owens, so named because he "looks like nobody but himself," grows up among a multigenerational cast of characters from different historical periods that includes matronly Mistress Owens; ancient Roman Caius Pompeius; an opinionated young witch; a melodramatic hack poet; and Bod's beloved mentor and guardian, Silas, who is neither living nor dead and has secrets of his own. As he grows up, Bod has a series of adventures, both in and out of the graveyard, and the threat of the man Jack who continues to hunt for him is ever present. Bod's love for his graveyard family and vice versa provide the emotional center, amid suspense, spot-on humor, and delightful scene-setting. The child Bod's behavior is occasionally too precocious to be believed, and a series of puns on the name Jack render the villain a bit less frightening than he should be, though only momentarily. Aside from these small flaws, however, Gaiman has created a rich, surprising, and sometimes disturbing tale of dreams, ghouls, murderers, trickery, and family.—Megan Honig, New York Public Library --Megan Honig (Reviewed October 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 10, p144)
  • /* Starred Review */ A lavish middle-grade novel, Gaiman's first since Coraline , this gothic fantasy almost lives up to its extravagant advance billing. The opening is enthralling: “There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.” Evading the murderer who kills the rest of his family, a child roughly 18 months old climbs out of his crib, bumps his bottom down a steep stairway, walks out the open door and crosses the street into the cemetery opposite, where ghosts take him in. What mystery/horror/suspense reader could stop here, especially with Gaiman's talent for storytelling? The author riffs on the Jungle Book , folklore, nursery rhymes and history; he tosses in werewolves and hints at vampires—and he makes these figures seem like metaphors for transitions in childhood and youth. As the boy, called Nobody or Bod, grows up, the killer still stalking him, there are slack moments and some repetition—not enough to spoil a reader's pleasure, but noticeable all the same. When the chilling moments do come, they are as genuinely frightening as only Gaiman can make them, and redeem any shortcomings. Ages 10–up. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed September 29, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 39, p82)
  • /* Starred Review */ Wistful, witty, wise—and creepy. Gaiman's riff on Kipling's Mowgli stories never falters, from the truly spine-tingling opening, in which a toddler accidentally escapes his family's murderer, to the melancholy, life-affirming ending. Bod (short for Nobody) finds solace and safety with the inhabitants of the local graveyard, who grant him some of the privileges and powers of the dead—he can Fade and Dreamwalk, for instance, but still needs to eat and breathe. Episodic chapters tell miniature gems of stories (one has been nominated for a Locus Award) tracing Bod's growth from a spoiled boy who runs away with the ghouls to a young man for whom the metaphor of setting out into the world becomes achingly real. Childhood fears take solid shape in the nursery-rhyme–inspired villains, while heroism is its own, often bitter, reward. Closer in tone to American Gods than to Coraline, but permeated with Bod's innocence, this needs to be read by anyone who is or has ever been a child. (Illustrations not seen.) (Fantasy. 10 & up) (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2008)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
286626
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gaiman, Neil
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
820L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG+
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
5.1
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
McKean, Dave
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dead
  • Supernatural
  • Cemeteries
  • Orphans
  • Dead
  • Cemeteries
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The graveyard book, Neil Gaiman ; with illustrations by Dave McKean
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
715117
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
312 pages
Isbn
9780060530921
Lccn
2008013860
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780060530921
  • (OCoLC)179806700
Label
The graveyard book, Neil Gaiman ; with illustrations by Dave McKean
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
715117
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
312 pages
Isbn
9780060530921
Lccn
2008013860
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780060530921
  • (OCoLC)179806700

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