The Graveyard Book
This award-winning young adult fantasy novel about murder, coming of age, friendship and belonging follows baby-boy ‘Nobody’ who, after his family is murdered, is adopted by the supernatural inhabitants of a nearby graveyard. ‘Nobody’ also called ‘Bod’ grows up with ghosts, ghouls, vampires, witches and werewolves, who become family and friends to him. In and around the graveyard, he embarks on adventures and tries to find out who brutally murdered his parents.
The dark but humorous gothic fantasy story is suitable for a Halloween session and can be read in extracts with your pupils. There is also a graphic novel available for younger learners, which supports the text visually with images.
Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book. Bloomsbury, 2018. 320 pp., ISBN 9781526608932