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This is graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s book split into two volumes The Graveyard Book (2014). The story is about a body who survives the murder of his entire family as an infant by running to the nearby graveyard, there he is raised in seclusion and safety under the guidance of the spirits buried their and under the careful guardianship of a vampire named Silas. The reason why this book was challenged was due to the graphic violence shown using the visual medium, which includes an explicit page of the cut and bloody corpses of Nobody ‘Bod’ Owens by the killer Jack in volume 1 (Gaiman, p.2, 2014). While the images are rather grotesque, the two are relatively  harmless with only slightly scary imagery and very little violence. The story is more focused on how Bod grows from childhood into young adulthood and all the various individuals both living and dead he meets along the way. While the second volume is shorter, dealing more with Bod’s schooling and the truth behind his family’s murder, the two volumes combined convey the merits of life even when told among the tombstones. This book should be given to students in 5th or 6th grade, due to the intense images and violent nature of death expressed in the pages.

Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book, Vol.1. Harper Collins, 2014. 192 Pages. Tr. $12.33. 978-0062194817.

For Grades 5 and 6.

Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book, Vol.2. Harper Collins, 2014. 176 Pages. Tr. $14.89. 978-0062194831.

For Grades 5 and 6.

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