The man Jack sniffed the air. Then, without hurrying, he began to walk up the hill.
~The Graveyard Book
I've always enjoyed reading Neil Gaiman's dark book Coraline (now a movie) aloud to groups of children and the moment I started his The Graveyard Book I wished for some kids to read it to. It is spooky and scary and a little bit terrifying; and is altogether a delicious page-turner.
Gaiman won the 2009 Newbery Medal for Children's Books for this marvelous story of a boy who is brought up by the dead souls in a graveyard.
See trailers for the book, play games, and learn about Gaiman and his other books at Gaiman's website.
I'm going to look up The Graveyard Book right away. I find the idea of a boy brought up by dead souls very compelling indeed.
I haven't read this yet, but I just attended the Children's Book Festival at Southern Mississippi, and heard all about it. It sounds like a bravely creative story for this age group. Something that will hook kids into the joy of reading for a lifetime!
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