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The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman I pre-ordered this almost a full year before it came out. It was worth the wait.

At first glance, The Graveyard Book reminded me of A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle. While I'm sure there's some Beagle in its parentage, the afterward mentions the Jungle Book as an inspiration.

Nobody Owens is an orphan boy raised by all the ghosts living (or unliving) in a graveyard. Each chapter in the book takes place in a different year of Bod's young life with his family's murderer lurking in the background.

Each story both stands well on its own or part of a larger whole. The reader gets to see Bod go from being a toddler to a young adult, having adventures and making friends (and enemies) along the way. I have to confess that I squeezed back a few man tears at the end.

Highly recommended but with the caveat that it's a young adult book. Not that that stops it from being a great story.