Author: Neil Gaiman
While I am busy reading a book from Norway, I am going to blog about a book I just finished reading with my children. I have two, 12 year olds - a boy and a girl - who still let me read to them each evening. It is a sweet little tradition that I know I won't be able to hold onto for much longer, so while it last, I let them pick books that we can share together.
We sometimes read two at a time because they have varying tastes. But this book held both of their interest, and I love Neil Gaiman, so it worked out beautifully.
This would be my 23rd book for the year 2019. I am counting it because I read it too.
This is the story of Nobody (Bod) Owens. When he was a baby, his whole family was killed. Bod narrowly escaped and ended up toddling into a graveyard near by. Now he is being raised by ghost and his guardian - Silas - is the only one besides Bod that can travel between the living and the dead. So he is in charge of keeping Bod fed and clothes and protecting him from the killer that still seeks him out.
As Bod grows, even though he is human, he is able to do a few things like the dead. He can make himself fade from view from the living. He can see well in the dark. He can slink between walls. All powers he has only because of the protections of the graveyard.
As Bod gets older, he wants more and more to leave the graveyard. He wants to go to school, to make friends, to have a life among the living. But Silas warns how dangerous this could be. The killer - Jack - is still out there looking for Bod. In the end, Silas gives in, and lets Bod attend school. But it quickly becomes a grave error when Bod refuses to lay down to a bully and he draws attention to himself. He soons realizes that he cannot be among the living until Jack is caught.
Enter Scarlett. When Bod was a little boy, Scarlett had visited the graveyard with her parents, but then moved away. Now, at age 14, she is back, and Bod and she become friends. Scarlett comes to the graveyard to visit, and meets a Mr. Frost who befriends her and her mother. One thing leads to another, and Scarlett and Bod end up visiting Mr. Frost at his house and discover that this is the Jack that has been after Bod for so many years.
Will Bod and Scarlett escape? Will Silas return in time to help save them? You will have to read the book to find out!
We really liked the book. Neil Gaiman is such a talendted writer and there are laugh out loud moments throughout. I encourage you to read this middle grade novel either for yourself or with your children.
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