Why did I love this book?
A charming, thrilling story about a boy who lives in a graveyard and is raised by the spectral inhabitants there, this book initially seems to be a series of short stories about Nobody “Bod” Owens, but as it progresses it resonates with all the elements of an epic coming-of-age tale.
Witty British humor is peppered throughout; at one point, Bod is abducted by ghouls with names like “the Duke of Westminster,” “the 33rd President of the United States,” and “the writer Victor Hugo.”
Even when writing for middle-graders, Gaiman trusts his reader. There’s an art in not spelling everything out, in letting some questions go unanswered while dropping clues about the bigger picture, and Gaiman handles these choices like a master magician.