The Graveyard Book

When a tiny baby escapes a murderer intent on slaying his entire family, who would have thought he would find safety in the local graveyard? Brought up by the cemetery’s resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But the killer is still on his trail, and danger is coming, not from the dead but from the living… Written by Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline, and illustrated by Chris Riddell, this intricate and deliciously creepy Gothic fantasy tells the story of Bod’s life from babyhood to adolescence. Will he survive to be a man?

Winner of the Carnegie Medal 2010 and the ALA Newbery Medal.

“You cannot fault the sheer inventiveness in this brilliantly paced and plotted fantasy novel.” Books for Keeps

“A captivating piece of work, light as fresh grave dirt, haunting as the inscription on a tombstone.” Financial Times

“The improbable becomes totally convincing through the sheer brilliance of the writing.” The School Librarian

“The best book Neil Gaiman has ever written.” Diana Wynne Jones

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Recent reviews

  • “People want to forget the impossible. It makes their world safer.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

    Haunting! An imaginative tale, both dark & cheerful.

    9 March 2014

  • This book is Gothtastic.

    8 March 2014

  • This book is a really, really good book. It’s about a boy who is actually raised up by ghosts! I think it’s good because of the way the author (Neil Gaiman) showed what he wanted to write in such an interesting way, that the reader is practically glued to the book!! I finished it in 3 days flat! I highly recommend this book for all fiction lovers.

    7 March 2014

  • A really magical great book worth 5/5 starts any day.

    9 March 2013

  • A really great book if you like mystery , i liked trying to figure why the murder was after bod

    5 March 2013

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  • Awards

    Neil Gaiman has won many awards, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals for The Graveyard Book.

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    Chris Riddell

    Chris Riddell is an award-winning writer, artist and cartoonist and creator of some our favourite books including Goth Girl. He was recently named the 2015-2017 Children’s Laureate.


    Chris Riddell’s prestigious awards include three Kate Greenaway Medals for Pirate Diary, Gulliver and The Sleeper and the Spindle, the Newbery and Carnegie Medals for The Graveyard Book,the Nestle Smarties prize for Ottoline and the Yellow Cat and Fergus Crane, and the Costa Children’s Book Award for Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse. He was recently named the Children’s Laureate 2015-2017.

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