Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Graveyard Book - Book Review

** I am currently taking a Young Adult literature course and I will be reading and reviewing several materials using a new format. This review follows a template given to me by my professor.**



Publication Information


Name: Christopher Jimenez Media Format: Book (ebook)
Title: The Graveyard Book Genre: Horror, Coming of Age
Author: Neil Gaiman Selection Source: 2009 Best Books for Young Adults
Publisher: Harper Collins Recommended Audience Age: 10-16
Reading Recommendation: 3 out of 5
Curriculum Connections: Leisure, Literature, 

Review

A gruesome murder takes place in a quiet little town. An entire family is killed—all but the youngest, who is able to escape to a cemetery. The child is given a new name, Nobody Owens, and given the protection of the cemetery. The boy grows, learns and confronts dangers both inside and outside the graveyard.

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Evaluation

With a name like "Nobody Owens," it is clear that the child is struggling to find his place in this world. He is literally in between the living and the dead, not quite fitting in with either group. This is also a coming of age story. With each chapter, Nobody grows older and wiser and must face the real world by the end. There are positive themes of sacrifice for the benefit of others.

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