10. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Janet, Literary Fiction · Tags:

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, 311 pages, read by Janet, on 05/06/2013

This is a delightful story of a boy who escaped the killer who murdered his parents when he was just a toddler.  He managed to crawl up the hill from his parents’ home to a graveyard.  The spirits there felt sorry for him and took him in, sheltering him from the killer, who was convinced to leave and forget his reasons for being there.   One couple took over as his parents, providing a snug home for him in the forsaken funeral chapel and a half-way person brought him food and clothing and watched over him when he was big enough to leave the graveyard.  Several of the spirits (who appeared real to Bod) taught him math, reading, and understand others.  Not knowing his name, they named him Nobody and called him “Bod”.  He also learned how to fade into invisibility, go through walls, and see in the dark.  Eventually he began to mature and the killer returned for him.  By this time Bod was very aware of how to use his powers.  I had no ideas before this story how helpful the graveyard souls could be!

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