Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Nobody's Home...

Tragedy struck Nobody Owens' family when he was just a baby. In a twist of fate, he had managed to escape certain death. Unknowingly, he then crawled right into another kind. Now, behind lonely gates of an old cemetery is where he calls home. He spends his days and nights with his ghostly family among rows of headstones. Although, growing up in a cemetery does have its advantages. Bod, which is short for Nobody, learns some cool graveyard tricks, like how to fade and walk through walls. Plus, there's always Silas. Silas is Bod's friend and guardian- and because Silas isn't exactly dead, he's able to leave the graveyard to get things that Bod needs, like food and clothing. When Bod makes his first living friend, his invisible world shifts. He starts to realize that there's more to the story than he could have ever imagined. On a hunt for the Sleer's treasure, Bod uses his intuition and begins to unravel the mystery. Will Bod face the sleer? What will happen if he leaves the cemetery? Where does Silas go? What is it about Miss Lupescu? Who will come to the Danse Macabre? You will have to read this book to find out!

Neil Gaiman is one of my absolute favorite authors. This story has it all: ghouls, ghosts, twists, and suspense! It's a perfect read to get you in the mood for Halloween. The story captivates throughout, feeding your need to find out what happens next. I would recommend this book to kids in fifth grade and up. It does have certain scary elements to it, but they add to the quirky flavor of this peculiar story.

Have you read The Graveyard Book or any other book by Neil Gaiman? We would love to hear your thoughts. : )

Happy Reading! ~ F

37 comments:

  1. I remember when I started reading this book I thought, "Wait, this is middle grade? We're about to see a family get murdered!" I loved the book though. Creepy and really well written.

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    1. Hi Kelly, It does have quite a beginning- but, the book is brilliantly written. Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts with us! ~ F

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  2. Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors too! But I've always found Coraline a lot creepier and more Halloween-ey than The Graveyard Book.

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    1. Hi Priya, Coraline is very creepy- buttons for eyes, what could be scarier??? Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts with us! ~ F

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  3. Knowing how much many of my fellow bloggers love this author I really must read some of his books and this sounds like a good one to start with. As you say perfect for Halloween.

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    1. Hi Petty, You will enjoy Neil Gaiman's books. I am sure of it! Great to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by : ) ~ F

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  4. I've been wanting to read this since its release. Now I'll have to move it up on my TBR list! I love Neil Gaiman.

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  5. Loved this one! And your review makes me want to go back and read it again. It's excellent!

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    1. Hi Meradeth, Thanks! It's a perfect read for the season. : ) ~ F

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  6. Great review! I've been wanting to read this book for quite a while, even checked it out of the library once but didn't get a chance to read it. I must bump it up on my to-read list soon.

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    1. Hi Cherie, We hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by : ) ~ F

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  7. I have wanted to but I have not read anything by him yet.

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  8. I guess I'll have to read it now. You've left me no choice. You're great at writing teasers. I'm hiring you for my next book! :-)

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    1. Hi Patty, Neil's books are excellent- he reads them for the audio too, and sounds exactly as he should : )

      Hi Lee, Thanks! We love your stories! ~ F

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  9. Ohh, I have never read a book by him before. But oh. This sounds pretty amazing :D I'm glad you enjoyed it. <3 thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Hi Carina, I think you would enjoy Neil's books- they are brilliantly written. Thanks so much for stopping by! ~ F

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  10. I read this book on my Kindle when I first got a Kinlde back in 2009. I thought it was fantastic and I can't wait to share it with my kids. Gaiman is always brilliant!

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    1. Hi Heidi, He is! Thanks so much for stopping by to share your thoughts with us : ) ~ F

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  11. Would you believe I've never read any of Gaiman's books?! I only ever hear good things about them though. Thanks for the review.

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    1. Hi Ruth, We hope you enjoy them! Thanks so much for popping over to share your thoughts with us : ) ~ F

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  12. Neil Gaiman! I must confess he's new to me, thanks for that.
    enjoyed your blog as always .be well Agman

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    1. Hi Terence, We're so happy to introduce you to him! We hope you enjoy his stories. Thanks for dropping in! ~ F

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  13. This book sounds awesome! My heart's already breaking for Nobody -- poor thing. We've never read anything by Neil Gaiman, but we're definitely looking forward to it! Adding this to the TBR list right now ;]

    ~Michele & Katertot @ A Belle's Tales

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    1. Hi Michele & Katertot, You guys will love Neil! Thanks for stopping in to share your thoughts with us : ) ~ F

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  14. This sounds really good! As soon as I read about Bod being able to fade and walk through walls I knew I wanted to read it. I haven’t read anything by Neil Gaiman, but I’m pretty sure I will be reading this soon.

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    1. Hi Barbara, It's a great story, brilliantly written. He is one of my favorite writers. Thanks for popping over- always lovely to hear from you! ~ F

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  15. I've only read a couple of Gaiman's books, but I enjoyed them a lot. This is one that I definitely plan to pick up one day! Maybe I should do so before Halloween. Thanks for the review! :)

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    1. Hi Sam, It's a great story for the season! Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts with us : ) ~ F

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  16. Loved this one too, and you reminded me to share with my nieces and nephews.

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    1. Hi Kimbacaffinate, Thanks for stopping by! We hope they enjoy the story : ) ~ F

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  17. Yep, read this some time ago and my copy is now with a nephew! I'll have to re-read it again because I can't quite recall the middle. I remember snippets of the story, particularly the bit on Bod crawling to the graveyard, Silas, and strangely, fish and chips towards the end. (Think The Man Jack was eating it). Love the name 'Nobody Owens.' Great review, guys!

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    1. Hi Claudine, It's a clever story- the middle snippets are the best part too! I have to have fish and chips soon now : ) ~ F

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  18. I enjoyed reading The Graveyard Book! And Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors! :)

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    1. Nancy- He is one of my favorites, too! What a talented writer. Thanks for stopping by and so glad you are well. ~Jess

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  19. This is one I really do need to hopefully read soon. A few of Neil Gaiman's books are on my TBR but I have yet to get to them. Would it be better to save this one for Halloween or read sooner if I get the chance?

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    1. Hi Jay, Thanks for stopping by. It's a great read for the Halloween season, but most of Neil Gaiman's books have a bit of a scare to them, so I would say if you're in the mood for that, anytime is fine to check out this great book! :) ~ F

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