The Graveyard Book may have just won the 2009 Newbery Medal – an award for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children – but adults with a fondness for the spooky will enjoy this book too! The Graveyard Book tells the story of a young boy who is rescued from a mysterious murderer by a graveyard full of ghosts. The ghosts come to name the boy “Nobody Owens” (Bod, for short), appoint him parents and a guardian (a supernatural man who crosses the border between death and life), and teach him the ways of the afterlife. All the while, outside the cemetery in the living world the man who murdered Bod’s family knows that Bod is alive somewhere, and he won’t rest until he finishes his murderous business. A little dark, but mostly charming and even a bit humorous, this is a wonderful book.
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- Reviewed by Lisa Curtin, Reference Librarian