Katie’s Take: The Graveyard Book

Hi I’m back.  I am writing my review first this time because I finished it before my mom (actually I am already done with the sixth book to and she hasn’t started it so she needs to hurry up on that one).  This book works more on a psychological level than any of the other books so far, which isn’t hard because we’ve only read five books so far, but still.  What I mean by that is, and I am just going to say this flat out, that in the story begins with a whole family getting murdered except the baby.  There was a a mom, a dad, a seven year old girl, and the baby who was only one year old.  A very quaint way to start a story right.  P.S. That was sarcasm nothing is quaint about a cold blooded triple homicide (unless your from a weird town where when someone was found murdered it was  as normal as someone getting a new car).  Don’t let that fool you about the rest of the book though.  The rest of the book goes on as normally as you would think.  The baby that got a way was adopted by a ghost couple who had never had children.  He lives in a graveyard, has a vampire and werewolf guardian, can walk through walls, become invisible, haunt people and walk in their dreams, and has the person who killed his family trying to track him down the whole time he is growing up.  Oh and he can talk and see ghosts.  Pretty normal life, right?  With that here are the characters.

Nobody Owens: Nobody got this name because Mrs. Owens ( the ghost who adopted him) said that he looked like nobody but himself.  He is the baby that got away that night of the murder.  As I said before as he grows up the ghosts teach him all of their ghostie tricks.  He tries to go to school and it actually started out promisingly, but turned into a disaster.  The same thing happens almost every time he walks out of the graveyard.

Scarlett: Scarlett meets Bod one day in the graveyard while she was playing along the path and her mom was on a bench reading.  They became quick friends and every day it wasn’t raining she would visit her friend and he would take her to see his ghost friends, but she thought they were imaginary.  Her parents thought that Bod was an imaginary friend that she always talked about.  She plays a part through most of the book even if you don’t get it at first.

The ghosts: All the ghosts in  the graveyard know Bod since he is the only living person that can talk to them.  They help him learn their history ( which dates back a long time) and other ghostly things.  Most of them are polite to him and humor him with stories from  their day.

Mr. Frost: Mr. Frost is a very nice man who works in the graveyard.  He is also a good friend of Scarlett and her mom. Scarlett’s mom calls him Jay (that will make sense why I said that when you finish the book).

Jack’s: The Jacks are a very interesting bunch of things.  The reason I say ‘things’ is because they aren’t people and they’ve been ‘alive’ since early Egypt.  They have many different trades which is why they are called The Jacks of All Trades.  One of there trades is murder since the biggest and baddest Jack killed Bod’s family and is trying to kill him.  P.S. They all have famous last names, remember that for later.

Silas: ‘There are people you can hug and than there is Silas’ as Bod says.  Silas is Bods guardian who brings him food and protects him from outside the graveyard.  He is neither living nor dead.  He rarely smiles or laughs.  But his heart is in the right place when it comes to Bod.  He goes away for a long periods of time and not tell any one where he was going.  He lives in a crypt.  All the bold words are hints to who he really is.  Oh, also he doesn’t have a reflection.

The Graveyard Book say that it is for ten and up, but I don’t think I would have been psychologically able to understand it until I was at least eleven and it might be a little to disturbing for a ten year old.  But once you reach that age you  should read it for sure.  If you read this review again after the book than you will get my little hints.  Please read this book.  Book 5 is for sure my favorite book so far even better than Half Magic.

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3 responses to “Katie’s Take: The Graveyard Book

  1. I can see that your reading project is going to be very expensive for me… Katie, this is a great review; I’m really curious now 🙂

  2. Pingback: Book #5: The Graveyard Book | A mother, a daughter and 100 books

  3. Really nice review. And I agree with you- while I loved Half Magic, I like this book even better.

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