The Graveyard Book


Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Chris Riddell

Reading Age: 11+

Interest level: 11+


Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Chris Riddell

After his family are killed, Bod is brought up in a graveyard by ghosts – an array of century-spanning characters who care for him, impart wisdom and even teach body-fading skills. But Bod sometimes goes beyond the graveyard into the world of the living – and here his life is under threat from the sinister man Jack, who has pursued him since he was a baby.


Bestselling author Neil Gaiman offers up a wonderful story of life, death and coming-of-age in this book, which won the Booktrust Teenage Prize. The fabulously original story is full of humour and surprise and has a brilliantly engaging hero in Bod. Gaiman blends together the poetic, the resonant and the gruesome and Chris Riddell’s illustrations confirm the delicious sense of unsettling people and presences that run throughout.


Publisher: Bloomsbury

About the authors

  • Neil Gaiman

    Neil Gaiman has written highly acclaimed books for both children and adults, and is the first author to have won both the Carnegie and Newbery Medals for the same work - The Graveyard Book. The LA Times described his multi-million-selling graphic novel series Sandman as 'the greatest epic in the history of comic books'. Many of his books, including Coraline and Stardust, have been made into films; Neverwhere has been adapted for TV and radio; and American Gods is in development as a major HBO series. Neil has also written two amazing episodes of Doctor Who and appeared in The Simpsons as himself. In 2013, Neil published his first adult novel for seven years, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which received stellar reviews and was a bestseller around the world.

    Neil Gaiman
    Neil Gaiman
  • Chris Riddell

    Chris Riddell is an illustrator, artist and political cartoonist. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children which have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001 and 2004 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. His previous work for Macmillan includes the bestselling Ottoline books, The Emperor of Absurdia, and, with Paul Stewart, Muddle Earth and the Blobheads series.


    Chris was the Waterstones Children's Laureate 2015-17.


    Chris lives in Brighton with his family. He is on Twitter as

    © Jo Riddell
    © Jo Riddell

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Average rating: 3/5

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What a book! The writing style and the plot worked so nicely with each other!

Rating: 5 star
United States of America
10 January 2017

This book is the first ever to make me cry, not only was this book written amazingly but it does a great job taking you to the place. I do love this book and all the characters.

Rating: 5 star
Great Britan
10 October 2016

how to read this looks amazing by cover

29 September 2016


12 July 2016

I enjoyed this book immensely, I love Gaimans writing style and he really wrote a story worth reading. I just wish there was more! The creatures/people met all need their own stories!

Rating: 4 star
5 May 2015

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