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CHAPTER ONE: How Nobody Came to the Graveyard

A man named Jack, a mysterious and frightening figure, holds a bloody knife. He has already murdered a mother, father, and young daughter in the middle of the night, and his final target is a baby boy whose room is at the top of the house. As he walks up the stairs to the boy’s room, he wipes the blood off his knife with a handkerchief. He plunges his blade into the boy’s crib only to find a teddy bear in his place. Jack sniffs the air to trace the child and proceeds out of the house and up the hill. 

Earlier that evening, the baby boy had maneuvered himself out of his crib, got down the stairs, and exited the house, moving hurriedly up the hill to the graveyard at the top. Mr. and Mrs. Owens, ghosts of the graveyard who have been dead for hundreds of years, inspect the child quizzically. Suddenly they hear Jack rattling the cemetery gates, trying to get in. At first Mr. and Mrs. Owens assume he is the child’s parent, but are surprised when a flickering figure appears, accompanied by two other figures, and tells them to protect their son. Mrs. Owens realizes the panicked flickering figure is the baby boy’s dead mother. Caius Pompeius, a two thousand-year-old Roman ghost, asks the mother and two other figures if they are buried in the graveyard. Mr. Owens suspects that they are freshly dead. 

Mr. and Mrs. Owens, who always wanted to have a child of their own, decide to take the boy, even though he is living and they are dead. They cover him with their ghost-bodies so all Jack can see is a mist. Jack, confused, begins calling out for the boy, when a tall, dark stranger encounters Jack and questions his motives for being in a locked graveyard in the middle of the night. The stranger escorts Jack from the graveyard and goes to find the ghosts who are discussing what to do with the child. 

Josiah Worthington, a ghost who was a wealthy politician in life, does not believe they should take the boy in. Caius Pompeius makes the point that they won’t be able to feed him. Mother Slaughter asks about where he will live. Mrs. Owens suggests that they give the boy the “Freedom of the Graveyard.” The stranger, whose name is Silas, agrees. Silas, who is neither living nor dead and has also been given the Freedom of the Graveyard, will be the child’s guardian, while Mr. and Mrs. Owens will be the child’s parents. They name the child Nobody Owens and continue to discuss what to do with him well into the morning. 

As daybreak approaches, The Lady on the Grey appears, and all the graveyard folk recognize her as the one they encountered at their deaths. The Lady on the Grey admonishes the ghosts to be charitable, which convinces them to keep Nobody and give him the Freedom of the Graveyard. Silas goes to Nobody’s old house and inspects the bodies of his dead family. Meanwhile, Jack is at the town at the bottom of the hill, and he grows angry that he failed to kill Nobody. He decides not to tell the Convocation about his failure. Jack walks off when he hears sirens.

CHAPTER TWO: The New Friend

Growing up in the graveyard, Nobody, who goes by Bod, learns that being given the Freedom of the Graveyard means having abilities that the living do not. Bod can see in the dark, hide himself from the world of the living, and can even learn, with practice, how to Fade, Slide, and Dreamwalk. Silas teaches him the alphabet by giving Bod the task of tracing all the letters of the alphabet from the tombstones in the graveyard. 

One day, Bod befriends a five-year-old girl, Scarlett Amber Perkins, who has wandered while her mother reads by the chapel. Scarlett and Bod are close in age, and Scarlett calls Bod her friend. They practice the alphabet by copying names from the tombstones. That evening at home, Scarlett’s parents assume that the boy she met is an imaginary friend. Every weekday afternoon, Bod leads Scarlett through the graveyard telling her about the inhabitants. Scarlett tells Bod that her father is a particle physics professor and her mother is an online English professor. When Scarlett asks who the oldest person in the graveyard is, Bod says that it is probably the Roman, Caius Pompeius. Scarlett learns from her parents over dinner that before the Celts were around before the Romans. When Bod asks Caius Pompeius if there were others before him in the graveyard, Caius tells him that there was someone before the Celts buried at the very top of the hill. 

One spring day, Bod and Scarlett decide to investigate the Frobisher’s mausoleum where the oldest occupant of the graveyard is rumored to reside. Behind a coffin, Bod and Scarlett find stairs leading down to a dark room. Bod can see in the dark, so he guides Scarlett as they go down and describes to her what he sees. There’s an old corpse on the ground. At the end of the room, a purple-skinned figure named the Indigo Man approaches and warns them to leave. Because Scarlett, who can’t see dead people, can see the Indigo Man, Bod realizes it’s imaginary. Scarlett and Bod ignore his death threats and Bod tells him that his attempts to scare them won’t work. Afterward, the Indigo Man disappears. 

Scarlett and Bod then hear something slithering around the room. Bod hears voices that pronounce themselves as the Sleer, claiming they protect the place for their master and guard its treasures: a brooch, a goblet, and a knife. Bod suggests they leave and guides Scarlett back upstairs. When they exit the mausoleum, Scarlett and Bod find Scarlett’s parents, along with a police officer, searching for her. Bod disappears, and later that evening tells Silas about the events of the day, including the Sleer. Bod does not see Scarlett again for three weeks. When Scarlett finally returns to the graveyard, she tells Bod that her family is moving to Scotland. Before she leaves, she tells Bod that he is a very courageous boy and should explore the outside world sometime. 

CHAPTER THREE: The Hounds of God

The narrator explains that in every graveyard, there is a grave called the ghoul-gate, which is usually cold, abandoned, and more unkempt than the other graves. Back in the story, six-year-old Bod is upset when Silas says that he will be leaving the graveyard for an investigation. Silas leaves Bod in the care of Miss Lupescu, which upsets Bod further. Miss Lupescu gives Bod strange food that he has difficulty eating and instructs him on the different kinds of beings: day-folk and night-folk, ghouls and mist-walkers, high hunters and the Hounds of Gods, and solitary types such as Silas. For a week Miss Lupescu gives Bod tedious and esoteric lectures. When Bod complains to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Owens, they dismiss him. Feeling ignored and underappreciated, Bod walks around the graveyard hoping to find someone to talk to. Bod stops at a decrepit grave and lays down to fall asleep. 

Bod is woken up by three ghouls: the Duke of Westminster, the Honorable Archibald Fitzhugh, and the Bishop of Bath and Wells. They ask Bod what his story is, and Bod explains how he feels abandoned and his distaste for Miss Lupescu’s food. The ghouls invite Bod to join them on an adventure to a place where Bod can have fun and eat the most amazing food. Bod agrees and the gate below them is revealed to be a ghoul-gate. They proceed through a hole in the grave, traveling through darkness before ending up in a world with an angry red sky and littered with upended graves.

Two new ghouls join the group, and Bod soon learns they are the 33rd President of the United States and the Emperor of China. Bod also learns that the name of the ghouls’ city is Ghûlheim, and Bod thinks it’s a dreadful and nightmarish place. On their journey to Ghûlheim, Bod notices creatures flying above them called night-gaunts. Remembering Miss Lupescu’s lessons about the sounds night-gaunts make, Bod tries to call out to them for help, only to be silenced by the Honorable Archibald Fitzhugh. After the sun sets, the group takes a break and the ghoul introduced as the writer Victor Hugo pulls out a bag of wood and lights a fire. That evening, the ghouls rave about how great it is to be a ghoul and try to convince Bod to become one even though Bod says he just wants to go home. The ghouls claim they aren’t scared of anything, but they appear startled when a distant howl sounds from the desert.

Later that night, Bod is woken up by the Bishop of Bath and Wells yelling at the Emperor of China because some of the group has disappeared. The ghouls hastily pack up camp and proceed on their journey to Ghûlheim. Bod notices the ghouls are acting less enthusiastic, especially after hearing a distant howling, when they are suddenly attacked by the night-gaunts. Bod is thrown into Victor Hugo’s bag as they swiftly escape the night-gaunts. Bod pokes a hole in the bag to peer outside and make an escape plan. A creature that looks like a dog, but fanged and larger, rips the bag open. Bod falls out and down a set of steps, and the ghouls leave Bod behind. Bod watches as the beast approaches him, before falling off the side of the steps. 

Bod falls into a void until he hears the voice of Miss Lupescu. To Bod’s surprise, he is saved by a night-gaunt, who is actually Miss Lupescu. She informs Bod that this is the third time he has unknowingly been saved by night-gaunts. Miss Lupescu notices that Bod has hurt his ankle, tells him to get on her back, and explains to Bod that as a Hound of God she can move easily in and out of Hell. Miss Lupescu transforms back into a woman and returns Bod to the Owenses, explaining that his left ankle is hurt. By the time Silas returns at the end of the month, Bod has warmed up to Miss Lupescu, and agrees that he’d like for her to come back next summer for more lessons. 

CHAPTER FOUR: The Witch’s Headstone

Eight-year-old Bod asks Silas why Miss Owens believes Potter’s Field, the land in the far corner of the graveyard, is dangerous. Silas explains that it is unconsecrated land, a place where witches, criminals, and people who committed suicide are buried. Later, Bod attends his lessons with Mr. Pennyworth where he practices Fading. Following his lesson with Mr. Pennyworth, Bod learns Grammar and Composition with Miss Letitia Borrows, where she also advises Bod against going to the unconsecrated land. After his lesson, a hungry Bod climbs an apple tree that hangs over Potter’s Field. As he reaches for an apple, the branch breaks and Bod falls to the ground. 

When Bod comes to after his fall, one of the occupants of Potter’s Field approaches him. She says she isn’t a thief and didn’t commit suicide, so Bod asserts that she must a witch. The girl proceeds to tell Bod about the villagers who drowned and burned her because they thought she was a witch, and how she cursed them with the plague as she died. She laments never receiving a headstone for her grave and tells Bod her name: Liza Hempstock. Bod tasks himself with finding Liza Hempstock a headstone. With only two pounds and fifty three cents to his name, Bod learns from Miss Borrows that a headstone would cost much more. Bod decides to return to the Indigo Man’s tomb and takes the brooch, one of the three treasures protected by the Sleer. Bod then returns to Liza who tells Bod what she would like on her headstone. 

Before leaving the graveyard, Bod borrows clothes from inside the gardener’s hut so he can blend into the real world. Bod takes the brooch to a shop in Old Town owned by Abanazer Bolger. Abanazer tells Bod he doesn’t do business with children, but changes his mind when Bod shows him the brooch. Bod tells Abanazer he found the brooch in a grave where there are other treasures but does not disclose which grave he found it in. Abanazer locks Bod in a room, telling him that he won’t let him out until Bod tells him everything about where he found the brooch. Abanazer calls a colleague, Tom Hustings, to tell him about the brooch and the amount of money they will be able to make off of it. 

Meanwhile, Bod searches the small storage room looking for something that will help him escape. In a drawer, he finds and takes a small pot of paint and a paintbrush. Liza Hempstock appears in the room with Bod. Bod learns that ghosts in Potter’s Field follow different rules, and they’re able to leave the graveyard during the day. Bod explains to Liza that he has been locked in the room and that he can only fade through doors in the graveyard. Liza eavesdrops on Abanazer and watches him take out a black card with the name “Jack” on it. While deliberating whether to call Jack, Abanazer hears a knock on the door. Abanazer let’s Tom Hustings into the shop and explains that there is a group of people looking for a certain boy, whom Abanazer believes could be Bod. 

Bored with Abanazer and Tom’s conversation, Liza returns to Bod, and finds him trying to Fade. Bod picks up a paperweight and says he could use it as a weapon, but Liza explains that Tom has entered the shop, so it will be harder to fight two men. Liza questions why Bod left the graveyard in the first place, and Bod sheepishly admits he wanted to use the brooch money to buy her a headstone. Feeling touched and responsible for having gotten Bod into the situation, Liza helps Bod Fade and disappear by casting a spell on him. When Abanazer and Tom enter the room, Bod is nowhere to be seen. They assume Bod ran away and leave the room once more, locking it on their way out. Bod and Liza listen from the room as the two men argue and fight over the brooch. Abanazer sneaks something into Tom’s drink, and when Tom finds out, they begin beating one another.

Bod figures out how to escape the room and finds the two men passed out on the ground. Bod takes the brooch and at Liza’s suggestion also takes the black card with the name Jack on it. Bod hurries out of the shop and up the hill toward the graveyard when he is intercepted by an angry Silas, who had sensed Bod was in danger. Bod hands Silas the black card and tells him everything about the day. Bod returns the brooch to the Sleer, but before heading home stops by Potter’s Field first. Using the paperweight and paint he took from Abanazer’s store, Bod draws Liza’s initials followed by “We don’t forget” on the bottom of the weight and places it on a nettle-patch he imagines Liza’s head should be underneath.  

CHAPTER FIVE: Danse Macabre

One winter morning, Bod notices the residents of the graveyard acting strange. His mother shoos him out of their crypt, claiming that she needs to get ready for tomorrow, and begins singing a song he has never heard. Bod passes by Mother Slaughter, only to find her also singing the same tune. Before he can ask her what the “Macabray” in her song is, she disappears. Bod hopes to play with the ten-year-old Fortinbras Bartleby, but Bod is turned away again when Fortinbras tells Bod they must prepare for tomorrow. 

Bod finds Silas in his crypt later that day and Silas gifts Bod with new “nomal” clothes and shoes. Silas explains to Bod that the Macabray is a dance for the living and the dead. Because Silas is neither living nor dead, he has never danced it. Bod wakes up early the following day and follows a strange scent to discover three men and a woman, all living, picking white blossoms. Apparently, this is the first time in 80 years that the winter blossoms have bloomed. One of the men explains to the Lady Mayoress, Mrs. Caraway, that it is a town tradition to pick the flowers when they bloom and hand them out to everyone in the town. Mrs. Caraway thinks it’s nonsense.

Later that evening, Bod wanders around the graveyard looking for someone to talk to, but no one is around. Hearing music coming from the town, Bod squeezes past the gates and heads to the source. Bod follows the music toward the town square, receiving a white flower from a man who instructs him to pin the flower to his coat. Bod, along with the rest of the townspeople, stand in the town square, completely entranced by the music. The music ends and a clock begins to chime. Suddenly, Bod spots the ghosts from the graveyard walking down the hill and toward the town. Josiah Washington walks up to Mrs. Caraway and asks her to dance. As they begin dancing, the music starts up again, leading both the dead and the living to dance with one another throughout the night. 

Bod sees Silas standing in the shadows with an unreadable expression, observing everyone else dancing. Bod shares the final dance of the night with The Lady on the Grey, who promises Bod that when it is his time he can take a ride on her horse. The next morning, Bod looks forward to talking with the ghosts about the dance, but no one seems to acknowledge that it happened. Bod grows even more frustrated when Silas denies seeing the dance. Bod becomes overjoyed, however, when it begins snowing. 

INTERLUDE: The Convocation

In the Washington Room of a hotel, a group of men from all around the world sit around a dinner table eating dessert while a speaker gives a talk. A silver-haired man named Mr. Dandy discusses with Jack his failure to kill the child (Bod) years ago and stresses the importance of finishing the job. Jack claims he has leads to follow, and thinks everything is connected to unspecified trouble they faced in San Francisco.

CHAPTER SIX: Nobody Owens’s School Days 

On a rainy day, Bod conceals himself beneath an arch on the Egyptian Walk as he reads Robinson Crusoe. Thackeray Porringer, who was buried with the book when he died at fourteen years old, rudely asks Bod for his book back. Bod complains that he was just borrowing it, on account of there being so few books in the graveyard, but hands it over to Thackeray. When Bod suggests that he could read Robinson Crusoe to Thackeray, Thackeray whacks Bod on his ears. 

Now that Bod is eleven years old, Silas decides to tell Bod about how his parents were murdered and how the man who killed them is still searching for him. Upon hearing this, Bod proposes that he should go to school so he can be better prepared to face the man. Bod attends school without being noticed or recognized. One day, however, he gives advice to a fellow student, Paul Singh, about how to deal with two bullies: Nick Farthing and Maureen “Mo” Quilling. When Paul refuses to give his lunch money to Nick and Mo, Mo realizes that Bod was the one who convinced Paul to refuse to pay. 

After school, Nick and Mo follow Bod to the graveyard to teach him a lesson. Bod is able to outsmart them by using his Fade and Fear tactics to scare them away. Amabella, Portunia, and Roderick Persson—three ghosts from the nearby graveyard—congratulate Bod on his efforts, but suggest Dreamwalking or Visitation as the best way to get a point across. Roderick Persson tells Bod to give Silas their regards, stating that they never meet any members of the Honour Guard. Bod doesn’t know what he’s talking about, but files it away for later.

Even though Bod goes to school with the living, he’s not excused from his lessons with the dead. Because he’s at school all day and all night, Bod grows exhausted. After a particularly tiring night, Bod sits in History class, and feels Nick Farthing stab his hand with a pencil. Later, Mo corners him in the hallway and says she’s not scared of Bod, despite what he did at the graveyard. Bod realizes that the students at school have begun to notice him, so when he tells Silas about what has been going on, Silas forbids Bod from returning. In retaliation, Bod runs away, and heads to Nick Farthing’s house. 

Bod stands outside Nick Farthing’s house and uses Dreamwalking to transform Nick’s dreams into nightmares. After Bod successfully frightens Nick, Liza Hempstock appears and calls Bod out for running away so quickly. Liza convinces Bod to return home, but as he starts to head back, two police officers accompanied by Mo stop him. Mo identifies Bod as a local delinquent and they take Bod away. Bod learns that one of the police officers is Maureen’s uncle. 

On their way to the station, the police officers hit someone. From the backseat, Bod realizes that Silas is the person they hit and Bod exclaims that they killed his father. As the police officers deliberate what to do, Silas wraps around Bod and they disappear from the scene. Back at the graveyard, Silas tells Bod that Liza came and told him about the trouble Bod was in. Bod apologizes to Silas and promises to not return to school. A week later, Bod visits Mo in school while she is cleaning the science lab and haunts her. Later, Silas tells Bod that they’ll need to find other ways for Bod to interact with the living, such as going to the theater or football games. Silas tells Bod that “they” are still looking for him, but Bod doesn’t know who Silas is referring to. 


Silas has been missing from the graveyard for several months. Mr. and Mrs. Owens discuss with Josiah Worthington what they should do with Bod since Silas, his guardian, is not around and they don’t know when he will return. Mrs. Owens leaves Josiah’s tomb and finds Bod, who is now fourteen years old. Bod asks Mrs. Owens when Silas will return and also asks about the man who killed his parents and sister. Mrs. Owens does not know when Silas will return, but tells Bod that Silas said the name of the man who killed Bod’s family was Jack. 

After Scarlett Amber Perkins’s parents split up, she begrudgingly moves back to town with her mother. Scarlett is now fifteen years old. One day on her way home from school, Scarlett takes the wrong bus toward the Old Town. Feeling a sense of déjà vu, Scarlett crosses through the gates into the graveyard. She sits down on a bench when she hears the voice of a man asking for her help holding down a sheet of paper so he can make a grave-rubbing. Scarlett explains to the man that her mother will have a fit if she doesn’t get home soon, so the man gives Scarlett a ride home. Noona, Scarlett’s mother, invites the man named Mr. Frost into their home. When Mr. Frost mentions that he gave Scarlett a ride from the cemetery, Noona is startled, mentioning the incident from years ago when they searched for Scarlett in the cemetery and how she had an imaginary friend named Nobody. Scarlett dreams of Bod that night and the two of them talk about going into the Indigo Man’s tomb and facing the Sleer. 

Back in the graveyard, Bod reflects on how strange it is that he grows older but the ghosts stay the same age as they were when they died. His relationships with the ghosts shift as he grows older. For example, Liza grows distant and short-tempered with Bod, seemingly because she’s still upset about the time Bod ran away from the graveyard. One day, Bod approaches Nehemiah Trot, the resident poet, for advice on how to talk to girls, particularly Scarlett. Nehemiah suggests writing her a passionate verse. Bod tells Nehemiah that he doesn’t think Scarlett is his true love; he just wants to speak to her. After his conversation with Nehemiah, Bod heads down to his favorite bench, where Scarlett is sitting. Scarlett notices him and the two reconnect. Scarlett hugs Bod, making him feel warm and safe. They agree to meet again over the weekend. 

Far away in the hidden caves of Krakow, Silas, Miss Lupescu, and Kandar (an Assyrian mummy) prepare to face off against mysterious foes. Back at the graveyard, Bod tells Scarlett about how his parents were murdered. When Scarlett meets up with Mr. Frost and asks about how to research a murder, Mr. Frost recommends she check the files at the library. Scarlett finds an article mentioning the murder of the Dorian family at 33 Dunstan Road, the same house that Mr. Frost lives in. Scarlett tells Mr. Frost about her findings, and Mr. Frost tells Scarlett that he will help find out more. They both agree to keep this a secret from Scarlett’s mother, Noona. On a Sunday afternoon, Mr. Frost calls Scarlett and tells her that he has done some digging into the murders. Mr. Frost learned that there was a child who escaped the murders, and he goes on to tell Scarlett to bring her friend over to his house. 

Before making his decision to leave the graveyard and find out more about who murdered his parents, Bod seeks the advice of the Sleer. Bod realizes that he will have to make the decision on his own. Before Bod leaves, the Sleer suggests that if Bod were its master then they could keep him safe, but Bod assures the Sleer that he isn’t their master. 

Scarlett and Bod visit Mr. Frost’s house to learn more about why Bod’s family was murdered. Mr. Frost leads Bod upstairs to a room at the top of the house. Mr. Frost says that this room belonged to the child who escaped, pointing at the cradle. Bod explains that they know the man who killed his family had black hair and his name is Jack. Mr. Frost tells Bod that after thirteen years hair can go grey and pulls a knife out of a floorboard, revealing himself to be Jack. Suddenly, Scarlett calls out to Mr. Frost (Jack) to let him know that there is someone knocking at his door. Bod Fades and disappears immediately and locks the man named Jack in the room. Scarlett opens the door to find four men looking for Mr. Frost. Scarlett rushes out of the house, telling them that she needs to catch a bus. Bod shadows Scarlett up the hill to the graveyard and brings her through the gate. Two of the men who showed up at the Frost house (Jack Nimble and Jack Ketch) pursue Scarlett and Bod. The other two (Jack Tar and Jack Dandy) stay at the house to confront Jack, who we now know is named Jack Frost. 

To keep Scarlett safe, Bod hides her in the Frobisher Mausoleum. The ghosts of the graveyard help Bod deal with all the men named Jack as they pursue Bod in the cemetery. With the help of Nehemiah Trot, Bod lures Jack Ketch to Mr. Carstairs’s grave. When Jack Ketch approaches Bod, he crashes down into the grave. Bod then goes to the apple tree by Potter’s Field where he spots Liza and asks her to help him lure the Jacks to the ghoul-gate. Liza has never gotten over the time Bod ran away, but despite her curtness, she agrees. 

As the men approach Bod and the ghoul-gate, Bod asks them why they killed his family. Jack Dandy explains that the Jacks belong to an ancient, magical organization called different names, such as the Jacks of All Trades and the Knaves. When they kill someone, magical power is released. The reason they killed Bod’s family and tried to kill Bod, they explain, was because of an ancient prophecy about a boy who would be able to walk between the world of the living and the dead, and that boy would be the ruin of their organization. Bod says “Skagh! Thegh! Khavagah!” which opens the ghoul-gate, sucking Jack Dandy, Jack Tar, and Jack Nimble inside.

Jack Frost finds Scarlett in the mausoleum and holds her at knife point. Bod saves Scarlett by offering himself over to Jack Frost. Jack Frost is delighted to find all the necessary tools needed to perform a killing ritual: the brooch, the knife, an altar, and a chalice. Bod claims himself as the Sleer’s master and the Sleer coils itself around Jack Frost and takes him away. Out in the graveyard, a frightened Scarlett calls Bod a monster, believing that Bod used her as bait to get rid of Jack Frost. Silas appears and erases Scarlett’s memory of the night and of Bod before taking her home and convincing Noona to return to Scotland, which is where Scarlett’s father lives. When Silas returns to the graveyard, he tells Bod that they no longer have anything to protect him from and takes him out for pizza. At the restaurant, Silas tells Bod that Miss Lupescu died in the Krakow battle, and Bod laments Miss Lupescu’s passing. He learns that Miss Lupescu, Silas, and others are part of the Honour Guard. Bod asks Silas why Scarlett was afraid of him, and Silas says nothing.

CHAPTER EIGHT: Leavings and Partings

Bod’s ability to communicate with the dead slowly starts to dwindle by the time he is fifteen. One day Bod goes to visit the worldly explorer Alonso Jones, but he does not appear when Bod calls him out. Bod attempts to slide through Alonso’s grave, but bumps his head on the ground instead. The first ghost Bod sees that night is Mother Slaughter, who asks him to place flowers on her tombstone. Bod visits his mother and father, and Mr. Owens tells Bod that he’s the best son they could’ve hoped for. Mr. Owens tells Bod that Silas is looking for him. On his way to the chapel, Bod stumbles upon Liza who kisses him and expresses her hope that Bod will miss her. Bod doesn’t know what she means. 

When Bod sees Silas, Silas informs Bod that they will be leaving the graveyard and going their separate ways; it’s time for Bod to join the living and see the world. Though Bod relents at first, he knows it is the right thing to do. On his way out the graveyard, Bod sees his mother who tells him to go out there and see the world, singing a song from Bod’s youth as a final goodbye. Bod acknowledges that he has spent most of his life in the world of the dead, but now it is time to be a part of the living.