The Graveyard Book by Gaiman

November 4, 2008

I just finished reading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, and it was a great read.  This is one of those books that is marketed and reviewed for 10-14 year olds and poses a particular problem when classifying it.  Is it a J or is it a YA?  I don’t have time to read every book that falls into this category before we add it to the system, especially one by a popular author.  (There are currently 28 holds on the 8 copies we own and it’s #1 on the children’s chapter books NYT bestseller list.)  I ended up making it YA after reading the beginning of the book, where a family is killed and the target of the murders, a toddler, escapes to a graveyard.  I also searched Worldcat to see where other libraries were putting it.  Multnomah County has it as a J, King County has it YA, and some systems have it both J and YA.  After reading it, I still think it could go in either section.  The murders aren’t graphic and after the beginning, it is nonviolent, but the writing may be too advanced for some younger kids and the plot might not move along fast enough to keep their attention.

So basically, after reading the whole book, I’m still undecided on the best section for the book.  We have it in YA, but I certainly wouldn’t discourage younger kids from reading it.  It’s a great story about an orphan being raised by ghosts in a graveyard.  He has some special powers, gets in some trouble, learns some lessons.

AND it’s set to be a film.  Read more from Gaiman about his plans to produce a live-action film here.  And how cool is this?  You can listen to Neil Gaiman read the entire book (for free) right here!  And, though it’s not listed yet, you will be able to go here and buy fragrances based on The Graveyard Book.  Hmmm…


One Response to “The Graveyard Book by Gaiman”

  1. nathan Says:

    Hey there, I agree with you its a great read, at least so far, I
    Im about half way through and am really enjoying it. I would say again this another of those books that should be a tween, not really mature enough that it completely belongs in YA. Juvenile doesn’t fit either because there are some older and more difficult themes for younger ones to understand. Well worth anyone to take the time to read. I didn’t know about the movie that could be really fun. thanks.

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