This was a very interesting and unique story. Gaiman's style of writing is very descriptive, and that was very effective in helping me visualize the world. I loved how each chapter has its own introduction and conclusion because it made it easier to find time to read. I made connections between the Graveyard Book and the Jungle Book, as a young boy is thrust into the care of the most unlikely family. Like those jungle animals, the ghosts and ghouls that raise Bod have interesting perspectives on life and human nature. The horror aspects were very captivating, as I would expect from Neil Gaiman. Reading the inciting incident in the first chapter was very scary, and the tragedy reminded me of Harry Potter. Similarly to Harry, Bod undergoes magical training and learns fantastical skills in a way that is very entertaining to follow. My only criticism of The Graveyard Book is that it left some of my questions unanswered at the end, but perhaps Gaiman's intent was to stimulate imagination, not provide a conclusion. After all, we only follow Bod's life until he is a teenager, so I can only imagine where the rest of his life (and death) will take him. Overall, I would recommend The Graveyard Book to anyone who enjoys dark themes and mysterious characters. Rating: 4/5
@outdoorsman14 of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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