Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Graveyard Book

Just in time for Halloween! This year's Newbery Award winner was The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Nobody Owens, called Bod by his friends, lives in a graveyard. Yup - he is being raised by the ghosts who live there. There are lots of dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a living boy - but the biggest danger of all lies outside of the graveyard, where a living, evil man still waits to threaten Bod.

This summer I heard Neil Gaiman talk about where he got the idea for this terrific book. When his son was a toddler, the Gaiman family didn't have a yard. Neil would take his boy across the street to the graveyard where he could ride his tricycle and Neil would try to write books. One day he realized that his son wasn't afraid of the graveyard - he thought it was a great place to play. What if a boy was raised in a graveyard? A boy like Bod Owens . . .

Click on the title above to watch and listen to Neil Gaiman read the first chapter "How Nobody Came to the Graveyard."

And click here to watch The Graveyard Book video!