The Graveyard Book
When a baby toddles into a close-knit community with a killer in pursuit, the local inhabitants protect him. Out of that act of charity, the simply unthinkable has occurred: the baby has been adopted by a graveyard!
Years pass as young Bod is taught how to live by the ghosts of shopkeepers, witches and poets. All the while, he is watched over by supernatural guardians with a mission to save the world from the same dark forces that orphaned him.
Told in episodic chunks, each heralded by Riddell’s intricate and dramatic illustrations, this is a book that communicates its world with beautiful depth and clarity. What Kipling’s Jungle Book roars about humanity’s relationship with nature, The Graveyard Book whistles softly through the night about our relationship with death.
I was particularly touched to discover so many unsettling but endearing characters, delivering a story full of wry humour, tangible melancholy, and a passion for life.
- Nicole Brandon, Scottish Book Trust