As I mentioned earlier, The Graveyard Book is 2009's Newbery Medal winner (see the shiny gold sticker on the cover?) I must admit straight up, I had a hard time getting into the story. At first, it just seemed like random episodes from the strange childhood of Bod - doesn't get any weirder than growing up with the dead. However, as the story unraveled and came to its climax, I began to understand better where each episode fit in. The language is really beautiful and almost seemed like poetry in places. I love Bod, who really is the only character that was developed to any extent. I also really like how the themes resonate with me and with real people, despite its obviously fantastic background.
Murder is mentioned, but not described. Some parts are a bit scary.
Overall rating: ****