Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, fantastic in scope and imagination, reads like a balanced collision of The Jungle Book meets Harry Potter. In this terrifying tale, a toddler climbs out of his crib, scoots down the stairs, and slips out the open front door, narrowly and unwittingly escaping the clutches of a murderer. The curious child makes his way to the graveyard where a ghostly couple adopts him, naming the boy Nobody Owens, Bod for short. Silas, a resident who can come and go from the graveyard, and interact with both the living and the dead, becomes the boy’s guardian. Bod is given the ‘Freedom of the Graveyard’, and taught how to ‘Slip’ through the shadows and ‘Fade’ from sight. He grows up surrounded by loving and supportive souls, who nurture his intelligence and curiosity. Along the way he befriends a young witch, erases the Indigo Man, and confronts the slithery Sleer. Brave Bod knows that as the lone survivor of a brutal massacre, he is only safe within the graveyard; but if he wants to find out who killed his family and why, Bod must leave the safety of the cemetery and learn to negotiate the land of the living. The Graveyard Book is a riveting read for readers of all ages, as Gaiman’s detailed and fantastical descriptions will retain a reader’s attention wholeheartedly.