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The Graveyard Book

By Neil Gaiman

 

Synopsis

 Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a perfectly normal boy. Well, he would be perfectly normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the world of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard: the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer; a gravestone entrance to a desert that leads to the city of ghouls; friendship with a witch, and so much more.

 

Setting

A graveyard in Britain.

Themes

Friendship; Community; Identity; Coming of Age

Genre

 Children’s fantasy

Educational Aspects

 

  • Introduction into gothic literature
  • Ideas surrounding the importance of community
  • Character development