Book Review: The Graveyard Book

Two things prompted me to read this book now: one, Tim Ferriss announces this book before the start of every episode of his podcast. He said it was a fantastic book. The best way to read it was to listen to the author read it. The other reason I picked up this book was to find a book for the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge. I had to find a Newbery Award Winner book. I did not know what I would be reading when I picked up Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book*, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is a fun book to read for audiences of all ages even though it is targeted for young adults.

Published in 2008, The Graveyard Book is the story of a boy who grows up in a graveyard. It is about his life as he learns about life both in the spiritual world as well as the living world.

The book centers around a boy named Bod who finds himself in a graveyard following the murder of his family. The graveyard inhabitants take him in and raise him. He learns many lessons that are only available to him because he lives and is in protected by the graveyard. Yet, he’s also curious about the living world and his curiosity requires him to learn how to function in that world.

The book is 308 pages long and spread across eight chapters. Each of these chapters peels back another piece of the onion where we get to learn more about Bod, more about the graveyard and its inhabitants, and more about the individual who killed his family and intends to kill Bod.

As I noted, Gaiman wrote this book for young adults. It made for very quick reading, but enjoyable reading. I would recommend The Graveyard Book to any family who has young adults.


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