Mary and Wolfe like to talk about books. Mary, a former Children’s Librarian, knows more about Young Adult Literature than anyone I know. Wolfe reads YA from time to time and has found some true treasures. This is one of them.
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
Gaiman is a good story teller. This YA novel is as good for grown ups as it is for kids, and it is a mystery that looms on the dark side, yet is funny and bright and captivating.
Bod was raised in a graveyard with the ghosts. His adoptive parents are as good and wise and careful as all parents should be. Still, that doesn’t keep him from escaping riotous, dangerous, totally perilous adventures. Just like when we grew up, without the murderer coming after us except in our nightmares.
The book is thrillingly scary but not macabre.
And the wit of the storyteller leaves you exotically tense.