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The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

'You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over. You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished'

 

I really enjoyed this book! My first Neil Gaiman novel - and certainly not my last! It is a particularly creepy children's book that starts off with the brutal murder of a young boy's family. This boy is then taken care of by a group of dead ghosts 'living' in a graveyard. The eight chapters of the novel represent the years of his life and the trial and tribulations of being the living boy amongst the dead. 

 

I definitely preferred this concept to Holly Black's Doll Bones. I felt the story moved along better and the characters were more 'likeable'. There was also a lot more action and content. Overall a great children's read - although some parts of this novel are rather gruesome, so check it out before recommending to very young readers!