Posts Tagged ‘Middle grade books’

The Graveyard book byNeil Gaiman”The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman is imaginative tale with a fable like quality. This is my first book from this author and I totally fell in love with his writing style. This may seem like a children literature or middle grade  book but I feel there is a lot more than that in the story. When I picked up this book I was clueless about whats inside, my guess was pointing towards ghosts and spirits as the title suggested. But I was surprised to find a whole different world of fantasy inside.

When a family is murdered by a mysterious killer except one- a young, diapered boy, who had wandered off just before the crime took place. But the killer needed to complete the job so he starts searching for him. Fortunately for the boy, he was taken in by the residents of a nearby graveyard. And when the spirit of his newly deceased mother asks for their help, the residents agree to raise her son. He is given to the care of the Owens couple and named “Nobody,” Bod for short. He is raised by a group of ghosts and was kept inside the gates, unknown to the outside world. The murderer takes off after failed attempt  of searching. Bod starts his studies and adventures inside, if he leaves that place then he has to  face the danger waiting for him outside.

My rating: 4 out of 5. This book is inspired by ‘The Jungle Book’ if you see closely you can compare the characters. Like Mowgli was raised by a group of wolves, here Bod was raised by a bunch of ghosts or spirits. Sher Khan has been transformed into the man Jack,  and Bhaloo and Bagheera into Silas and Miss Lupescu the werewolf who are protectors of Bod through out the story. Bandar-log in Jungle book were a bunch of silly monkeys causing trouble and here in this book we can compare them to mindless ghouls. I recommend this book to everyone who likes to read a good piece of literature.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness”A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness is a perfect modern fairytale but not a Disney one with princess and birds. It is cruel yet kind, beautiful but  terrible at the same time. A achingly beautiful story of a young kid who is struggling to adjust with the sudden changes in his life.

Conor is struggling with his mother’s sickness. The result of which leads to him being the target of bullying and losing close friends. He tries to keep away from everyone but this results in a monster’s entry to his life. This monster is very old and different from the monster which visits him everyday in his nightmare.This monster will tell Conor three stories to help him and in return Conor will tell a fourth story – one deadly truth.

Here writer had well portrayed the pain and the aching of a fractured kid. It is well illustrated and the story is hauntingly beautiful. There is nothing fake about this book, the pain feels so natural. My rating: 4 out of 5. I recommend this to everyone who is interested to read a good book. I have no more words to describe this book, other than excellent!