- Reading level: Ages 9-12
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st ed edition (September 30, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780060530921
- ISBN-13: 978-0060530921
Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place-he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to Fade. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are things like ghouls that aren't really one thing or the other. This chilling tale is Neil Gaiman's first full-length novel for middle-grade readers since the internationally bestselling and universally acclaimed Coraline. Like Coraline, this book is sure to enchant and surprise young readers as well as Neil Gaiman's legion of adult fans.
This was the first Gaiman book I've read and it was awesome! Charming with just the right amount of creepy, and fantastic illustrations to go along with it. I've had it for a few years and was a little hesitant to pick it up--I don't read a lot of MG and it is written in third person (I much prefer first). I'm kicking myself for not reading it sooner. It's one of those books that is so well-written you don't recognize the tense it's written in, and like Harry Potter (I am not comparing it to HP) it's one of those stories that both teens and adults will love. It is definitely a must-have book.