The Graveyard Book
With the approach of Halloween, a book titled The Graveyard Book seems as if it would be a book of ghostly horror. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is a unique read. It starts out and ends with a story of murder. In between the book becomes a story of growing up and friendship as it follows the life of Bod Owens, a young boy, an intended murder victim, who ends up being adopted by the supernatural residents of a cemetery. The middle of the book is about Bod’s adventures in the cemetery. He acquires some supernatural abilities and cultivates friendships with both the living and dead. As the book nears the end, the boy entering his teens begins to venture outside the graveyard where he discovers the dangers of living beyond the safety of the cemetery. For those of you wondering if this is a good book, consider the fact that it has won several awards, including the Newberry Award in 2009.
I love working in the middle school library because each day I get to work with wonderful students. In addition, I have access to lots of interesting books. It is always fun to help students connect to books they like, and to talk about what they are reading.