Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Neil Gaiman signed The Graveyard Book Giveaway

In The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman has created a charming allegory of childhood. Although the book opens with a scary scene--a family is stabbed to death by "a man named Jack” --the story quickly moves into more child-friendly storytelling. The sole survivor of the attack--an 18-month-old baby--escapes his crib and his house, and toddles to a nearby graveyard. Quickly recognizing that the baby is orphaned, the graveyard's ghostly residents adopt him, name him Nobody ("Bod"), and allow him to live in their tomb. Taking inspiration from Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Gaiman describes how the toddler navigates among the headstones, asking a lot of questions and picking up the tricks of the living and the dead. In serial-like episodes, the story follows Bod's progress as he grows from baby to teen, learning life’s lessons amid a cadre of the long-dead, ghouls, witches, intermittent human interlopers. A pallid, nocturnal guardian named Silas ensures that Bod receives food, books, and anything else he might need from the human world. Whenever the boy strays from his usual play among the headstones, he finds new dangers, learns his limitations and strengths, and acquires the skills he needs to survive within the confines of the graveyard and in wider world beyond.

Sound like an interesting book? Yeah, it does to be too. Luckily, the Maw Books Blog is having a contest to giveaway a signed copy.

Reasons to try and win The Graveyard Book...

1) It's by award winning novelist and comic writer Neil Gaiman
2) It's about living in a graveyard with ghosts and stuff...
3) Cool illustrations by Dave McKean
4) It's a Newbury...I mean...Newbery Award winning book and a New York Times Bestseller

Check it out!

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