The Jungle Book, replace the Indian jungle and talking animals with an English graveyard and ghosts and you have the Graveyard Book, a young adult novel by Neil Gaiman.
As a toddler Bod’s family are murdered by the “Man Jack”, escaping into the graveyard he is taken in by a group of ghosts who protect and raise him. As Bod grows up he meets other residents of the graveyard, has adventures and explores its dangers. But outside the graveyard wall the Man Jack waits.
Gaiman has a distinctive style that he brings to his work, similar to early Tim Burton movies, so if you liked “Beetlejuice” and “Edward Scissorhands” you may like his work. If you find you enjoyed the Graveyard Book but want something more adult, check out “Neverwhere” (available as a novel or graphic novel) a short fantasy novel about an average man finding a hidden world under the streets of London.
Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Recommended by Murray L, Devonport Library
Murray L enjoys horror, sci-fi, fantasy and mystery books