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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Because of the tight schedules in August, we've chosen a much quicker read (although not very short) children's book for the month.  A Newberry Award Winner!

 

In The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman has created a charming allegory of childhood. Although the book opens with a scary scene--a family is stabbed to death by "a man named Jack” --the story quickly moves into more child-friendly storytelling. The sole survivor of the attack--an 18-month-old baby--escapes his crib and his house, and toddles to a nearby graveyard. Quickly recognizing that the baby is orphaned, the graveyard's ghostly residents adopt him, name him Nobody ("Bod"), and allow him to live in their tomb. Taking inspiration from Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Gaiman describes how the toddler navigates among the headstones, asking a lot of questions and picking up the tricks of the living and the dead. In serial-like episodes, the story follows Bod's progress as he grows from baby to teen, learning life’s lessons amid a cadre of the long-dead, ghouls, witches, intermittent human interlopers. A pallid, nocturnal guardian named Silas ensures that Bod receives food, books, and anything else he might need from the human world. Whenever the boy strays from his usual play among the headstones, he finds new dangers, learns his limitations and strengths, and acquires the skills he needs to survive within the confines of the graveyard and in wider world beyond. (ages 10 and up)

 

We ask that people bring $2 to cover the cost of the room rental.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The book was far better than I expected and introduced me to a genre I would never have read otherwise.

    August 14, 2012

  • David G.

    Finished the book. It's a fun read :). Looking forward to the meeting

    August 6, 2012

  • Diana S.

    While I haven't been able to attend a group meeting, I did read several of the group's selections in anticipation of making the meetings. I've missed the discussions, but I still enjoyed the books! Thanks.

    June 25, 2012

  • Eden

    Sorry; we aren't charging $20. We do ask $2 to cover the cost of the room.

    June 25, 2012

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