The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (2009)
So I must admit I have developed a bit of a crush in Mr. Gaiman. Purely in a literary and bibliophilic way of course! :) I have been a fan of Gaiman's work for awhile now: The Anansi Boys, Coraline, American Gods. I read The Graveyard Book as part of a graduate class assignment and was particularly happy with this novel. Set in a British cemetary, Bod is a boy who has escaped death and found sanctuary among the denizens of a local cemetary turned park. Adopted by the ghosts of the graveyard, Nobody Owens is loved, educated and murtured by his new "family." Mentored by a mysterious non-dead man, Bod learns that he is living the ultimate paradox; to live, he must stay with the dead but to be with the living he risks death. This coming of age tale touches upon many archrtypal characters and themes. Simply, I loved this book! Written at an 8th grade level, I would still justify its use with older students while exploring various literary devices and themes. Two thumbs way up! Look for the Book Trailer for this novel under my Academic Focus page. You may also like to peruse his webites: www.neilgaiman.com and www.mousecircus.com
Reader For Life
I come from a long line of avid readers, so you could say that reading is in my blood. My favorite genres are historical fiction and realistic fiction. However, I do love any well-written book. Lately I have been exploring science and fantasy fiction too. I had forgotten how much I love those areas as well.