The Graveyard Book is a children's fantasy novel written by Neil Gaiman and published in 2008. The story follows the young life of a boy called Nobody Owens who is orphaned as a toddler when a man kills his entire family. Nobody is adopted by ghosts from the local graveyard who raise him in a world of vampires, werewolves, mummies, and ghouls, and teach him to use a variety of supernatural abilities. The chapters of the novels take place at two year intervals in Nobody's life and each functions as a short story. The book was written as a conscious parallel to Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle book and was conceived by Gaiman in 1985, but not finally written until he believed he was a good enough writer to tell the story. The novel was awarded the Hugo Award for Best Novel, British Carnegie Medal, and the American Newbery Medal. It is the only time the latter two awards have ever been given to the same book.
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