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One Book One Community: The Graveyard Book

Use this guide to learn more about Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book"

Images from "The Graveyard Book"

Graveyard Book Images. Web. March 18, 2016.

Author Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman Image. Web. March 18, 2016

"The Graveyard Book" in Graphic Novel!

Spooky Short Stories

The library has a good collection of short scary stories. For example: 

"The Graveyard Book"

In this Newberry Medal winning story, Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family . . .

"The Graveyard Book" Trailer

Neil Gaiman on "The Graveyard Book"

"Twenty-three years ago, we lived in a little Sussex town in a tall house across the lane from a graveyard. We didn't have a garden, and our 18-month-old son loved riding a tricycle. If he tried riding in the house he would have died because there were stairs everywhere, so every day I would take him down our precipitous stairs, and he would ride his little tricycle round and round the gravestones. As I watched him happily toddling I would think about how incredibly at home he looked. I thought that I could do something like The Jungle Book with that same equation of boy, orphaned, growing up somewhere else, but I could do it in a graveyard. I had that idea when I was 24 years old. I sat down and tried writing it and thought, "This is a really good idea, and this isn't very good writing. I'm not good enough for this yet, and I will put it off until I'm better."

"The Graveyard Book" Chapter 1. Read by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman WIRED Interview

Notes for Parents!

Parents: Want to read along too? We have downloaded "The Graveyard Book" onto our library Kindles. Stop by the MS/HS Library to borrow one and read along! 

Join us for coffee and a chat about "The Graveyard Book", Wednesday, April 20 @8am in the MS/HS library. 



Join us for our OBOC CELEBRATION! 
Everyone is welcome: Parents, Students and Teachers!

  • Trivia
  • Photobooth
  • Learn the Macabre Dance
  • Snack Craft
  • And MORE! 

Wednesday, April 27 @ 6-7pm
MS/HS Library 


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