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When a tiny baby escapes a murderer intent on slaying his entire family, who would have thought he would find safety in the local graveyard? Brought up by the cemetery’s resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But the killer is still on his trail, and danger is coming, not from the dead but from the living… Written by Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline, and illustrated by Chris Riddell, this intricate and deliciously creepy Gothic fantasy tells the story of Bod’s life from babyhood to adolescence. Will he survive to be a man?

Winner of the Carnegie Medal 2010 and the ALA Newbery Medal.

“You cannot fault the sheer inventiveness in this brilliantly paced and plotted fantasy novel.” Books for Keeps

“A captivating piece of work, light as fresh grave dirt, haunting as the inscription on a tombstone.” Financial Times

“The improbable becomes totally convincing through the sheer brilliance of the writing.” The School Librarian

“The best book Neil Gaiman has ever written.” Diana Wynne Jones

Product Details

Catalogue number

8029 in Secondary Rewards17/18

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9780747594802

Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Date published

August 1st, 2009

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.1; Middle years; 10.0 points

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  • 304 pages
Condition

New

UK edition

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Author/Illustrator

Chris Riddell

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    Mohsen1010
    on 9 March 2014

    “People want to forget the impossible. It makes their world safer.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

    Haunting! An imaginative tale, both dark & cheerful.

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    AngelofDeath
    on 8 March 2014

    This book is Gothtastic.

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    Ron512
    on 7 March 2014

    This book is a really, really good book. It’s about a boy who is actually raised up by ghosts! I think it’s good because of the way the author (Neil Gaiman) showed what he wanted to write in such an interesting way, that the reader is practically glued to the book!! I finished it in 3 days flat! I highly recommend this book for all fiction lovers.

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    Nashdasher
    on 9 March 2013

    A really magical great book worth 5/5 starts any day.

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    bouncybunny
    on 5 March 2013

    A really great book if you like mystery , i liked trying to figure why the murder was after bod

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    Flissy22
    on 4 March 2012

    rely keeps you on edge even on the first page yoou are like ohhhh ahhhh, and cant wait to find out what happens. i got this book for my birthday and could not put it down.

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    donnelly54
    on 26 April 2011

    i’ve read a sample and it was one of the best books i have ever read!

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    pianostar412
    on 23 January 2011

    PHENOMENAL! AMAZING! BEST BOOK I’VE READ IN YEARS!!!!!! I GOT THIS BOOK FOR CHRISTMAS AND I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! NEIL GAIMAN IS A FANTASTIC WRITER

    5out of 5
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    xxisabellatrixx
    on 3 September 2010

    i absolutely loved this book, the onlt thing that annoyed me was the fact that the chapters were set up int about 8 30 pages mini stories, which made reading the book in small chunks was difficult

    5out of 5
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    humbuggirl
    on 4 May 2010

    This book was very good. I enjoyed it alot. I read it because it is on the Carnegie Shortlist. One of my friends has said it will be a favourite in our School. I can see why as it is apsolutly awsome, and definatly well written

    5out of 5