The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
People say this all the time, but I don’t think it’s ever been so true for me as it was with The Graveyard Book: I did not want this book to end.
I was at the beach with my family when I read it, and I remember I hardly spoke to anyone that entire day. I had found one of those rare books that completely enveloped me–not only with its intricate plot and dynamic action, but also with its depth and substance. I was a senior in high school, so much older than the target age range, but I could appreciate Gaiman’s use of sophisticated language and the fact that he never once talked down to his readers.
As a writer, this book changed me. Its enormous popularity showed me not only that children can deal with dark and sometimes frightening stories, but also that they can enjoy them and find a light in a character as perceptive and daring as Bod.
At the novel’s end, Gaiman perfectly captures that longing difficulty of moving on from a comfortable place in life into one less assuring. It was difficult for me to turn that last page, which is probably why the book draws me back as often as it does.
Any time I’m at work and see a kid having difficulty finding a book to read, The Graveyard Book is my go to. I could not recommend it more highly.
You’ll see a lot of Neil Gaiman in My Favorite Books, even when I change them out for new picks. If there was ever an author you could trust to tell a good story, it’s him.