Today when I was visiting some Jr. high classes, I mentioned Neil Gaiman’s website, Mouse Circus, as a great place to get loads of extra background info about his books. Here is the link:
Neil Gaiman is the brilliant author of Stardust, Coraline, and more recently, The Graveyard Book. In a speaking tour last year, he recorded podcasts where he reads from The Graveyard Book. Click on “Extras” to find The Graveyard Book Video Tour. We also have a talking book version at the library read aloud by the author!
The Graveyard Book is about a seemingly normal boy, Nobody Owens, called Bod by his friends. He is normal except for one crucial fact – he lives in a graveyard and has been raised and educated by the ghosts who inhabit it. When he was a toddler, his parents were brutally murdered by a man named Jack.
Picture the tiny, innocent child, toddling out the front door, down the street, and into the graveyard. The ghosts of the graveyard take pity on him and place him under their protection. As Bod grows older, he comes to realize that he must make a choice – to stay in the familiar, safe environs he has always known, or to venture past the graveyard gates and try to find out the identity of the man Jack who searches for him still…