The Graveyard Book

Emma Clark, HLA7, March 23, 2015

The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman

Nobody Owens

Nobody Owens is a 14-year old boy whose family was killed by a man named Jack. He does not know his real name because he wandered into a graveyard and escaped from Jack when he was an infant. His nickname is Bod, short for Nobody.
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Silas

Silas is the oldest person in the Graveyard. He has been around for many years. He acts as a guardian to Bod, because Mr. and Mrs. Owens cannot take care of him all the time. Silas is like a father to Bod, and Bod obeys and respects him.
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Mr. and Mrs. Owens

Mr. and Mrs. Owens are Bod's parents. They are the ones who said they would take care of him first. They did care for Bod, but Silas is the one who is his guardian, and does most things with him.
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Jack

Jack killed bod's family, a sister, mother, and father. Ever since Bod got away, he keeps trying to kill Bod. Finally, Bod finally falls into his trap.
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Setting

The setting of The Graveyard Book is in the twentieth century, in a graveyard. The graveyard has shrines, tombstones, secret passages, and ghouls roaming around it. The graveyard is an eerie place, creepy and haunting to most people. Flying fast, walking quietly the people from the dead roam the graveyard.
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Summary

"The Graveyard Book" is a fantastic fictional story that takes place in the twenty-first century. When Nobody Owens was an infant, he escaped from a man named Jack. Jack killed the rest of the family including a father, mother, and sister. Nobody crawled away and wandered into a graveyard.There, all of the roaming ghouls took Nobody in as there own child. They named him Bod, short for Nobody. bod even had a friend named Scarlet.

She played with Bod and taught him things he didn't know about the outside world. Bod was not allowed to go out of the Graveyard because his killer was still looking for him. Bod grew up and even went to school for a short time. When Bod was about 14 years old, he and Scarlet fell into a trap of Jack's. Bod and Scarlet run into the Graveyard down a secret staircase where something called the "sleer" lives. Jack finally finds them, so now they are right beside each other. What will happen Next?

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History of the Newbery Award

The Newbery Award was the first children's book in the world. The reason for the Newbery Award is to encourage original creative work in the field of books for children. It was named after John Newbery because he made it a priority to make books specially for children. The Newbery Medal is the most discussed book award in the country. The Medal reads " Children's Librarians" section, although it has been changed four times. There is a runner-up award called Newbery Honors Award. The Newbery Award was established on June 22, 1921. Some people that have won the Award have been Marcia Brown, Robert McCloskey, and Jerry Pinkney.
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Information about Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman was born on November 10, 1960 in the United Kingdom. His parents are David and Sheila Gaiman. David worked at a family chain of stores and Sheila was a Pharmacist. His love of reading began at the age of four. He loved the Lord of the Rings books by J. R. R. Tolkien. He began his writing career as a journalist in England. He had the idea of the Graveyard Book at 24 years old. It was published in the United Kingdom in 2008. "The Graveyard Book" won a Newbery and Carnegie Medal. Now he lives in the United States near Minneapolis.
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My thoughts about the Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book displays an amazing tale. I thought it was outstanding. I loved the book because a great amount of thought was dedicated to it. It is an exhilarating tale. I would recommend everyone to read it. Although it is a fantastic book, there are some scenes not everybody would like. I personally do not mind scary fictional stories. I also enjoy cliffhangers and the Graveyard Book has plenty. What makes this book award winning is the twists and turns. It is so strong and powerful in words. The Graveyard Book certainly fits the criteria because of the story it tells. It teaches life lessons on and throughout the book. It has an amazing ending as well as the beginning. Overall I loved the Graveyard Book and it definitely deserves this award.
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