“You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Looking for another Spooky read for Halloween, and I thought, what could be better than a book set in a Graveyard?
Nobody Owens can to live in a graveyard when his parents were murdered. There is has the freedom of the graveyard to grow safely away from the people who are still hunting for him. Mr. and Mrs. Owens, not-so-recently deceased, are raising him among the other residents of the graveyard.
Like everything Gaiman writes, it’s weird, funny and sweet. Bod is the only living person in the graveyard, and as such, his relationships are charmingly macabre. Bod learns history from long dead residents, ‘ghost’ skills like fading, and how to greet people from a variety of different eras.
As the novel progresses, the mystery of why Bod’s family was killed will come into play. Furthermore, as Bod grows, he knows that his time at the graveyard will eventually come to an end. He will eventually have to join the world of the living and make his place there. I don’t want to say too much more, because the whole thing was incredibly charming (And a little tear-jerking).
Recommended for fans of:
Neil Gaiman, YA, weird children’s stories