The Graveyard Book Wins Again

August 10, 2009

Not just one of the most widely-honored children’s books, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman appeals to adults as well: it just won the Hugo Award for Best Novel, chosen by the members of the International Science Fiction Society. The book has won the 2009 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award For Excellence In Children’s Literature for fiction, the Newberry Award, the Locus Award for best YA novel, a Cybil Award for Middle Grades, and the Audie Book Of The Year–for audiobooks, just for starters. The gist of all these awards is that the book — a story about a boy who is raised in a graveyard by ghosts after his family is killed, has found its audience: both kids and adults. Irish Academy Award-winning filmmaker Neil Jordan has signed on to write and direct the film adaptation. Take that, Harry Potter!