I live in South Carolina and have been researching The Graveyard for my 11 year old to read. Her school picked it as their fantasy book. My concerns lay in the fact that my husband - her father - died very suddenly at the age of 37 three years ago. We are of the Christian faith and although her dad is buried in a cemetery, we focus on her dad's new life in heaven. Would this book be appropriate for her? It got wonderful reviews but I don't know if my circumstance changes things. If you wouldn't mind sharing an opinion, I would really appreciate it. Mary
Megan - That's a tough one. I really can't think of many books that have the flavor of The Graveyard Book. If you like fantasy-based coming-of-age stories, I'd recommend Boy's Life by Robert McCammon or Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. Both have a mix of the fantastic and the emotionally truthful such as you find in The Graveyard Book. If you responded more to the macabre aspects, check out 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill or Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link. They are two authors who can take very dark and weird subject matter and really craft it into something emotionally resonant while still maintaining a (modern) Gothic tone.