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The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 2

By Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by P. Craig Russell, By P. Craig Russell

The second volume of a glorious two-volume, four-color graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman's #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery and Carnegie Medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book, adapted by P. Craig Russell and illustrated by an extraordinary team of renowned artists.

Inventive, chilling, and filled with wonder, Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book reaches new heights in this stunning adaptation. Artists Kevin Nowlan, P. Craig Russell, Galen Showman, Scott Hampton, and David Lafuente lend their own signature styles to create an imaginatively diverse and yet cohesive interpretation of Neil Gaiman's luminous novel.

Volume Two includes chapter six to the end of the book.

  • Grade level: 5
  • Interest Level: 3-12
  • Guided Reading Level: V


Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text. Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic. Summarize the text.

How does the presentation of information strengthen the reader?s understanding of the text? Explain how the visual and literary elements of this version of The Graveyard Book contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of the story. Compare and contrast a chapter in the novel with the same chapter in the graphic version. Use specific examples from the book. RL.5.1,3,7,9; SL.5.5

Why does the author create a ?hook? in the beginning of a story? How did Neil Gaiman compel you to read the story? RL.5.1

Analyze the impact of word choices and figurative language on the meaning and tone of the story. What literary device(s) does Neil Gaiman use (simile, metaphor, etc.)? Find examples in the book. RL.5.4; L.5.5,5a

How does the author use flashbacks in the story? RL.5.3,5; SL.5.1,1a,1b,1c,1d

What is the theme of The Graveyard Book? (Some examples: boundaries between life and death; boundaries between the graveyard world and beyond; physical and emotional boundaries adults place on young people; etc.) What can the theme teach you about your own life? RL.5.2

Analyze what people, forces, ideas, interests, or values oppose each other in the story. What decisions do the characters need to make? How do the characters respond to challenges? RL.5.1,2; W.5.2,2a,2b,2d,4,9,9a
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On Sale: 11/30/-0001
  • ISBN: 9780062194831
  • ISBN 10: 0062194836
  • ISBN 13: 9780062194831
  • Pages: 176
  • Trim Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
  • Subcategory:
  • Juvenile Fiction / Comics & Graphic Novels / General
  • Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction
  • Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic

School Library Journal"Essential reading for fans of Gaiman's original and those who enjoyed the first entry."

Booklist"Volumes 1 and 2 are a grand, elegant envisioning of Gaiman's dark imagination...fans of the lauded first volume of the project will eagerly turn out for this artful conclusion."

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)"All the strengths of the first volume carry forward under the direction of established Gaiman collaborator and adaptor P. Craig Russell. Full-color panels by a variety of artists convey Gaiman's prose faithfully, with all its eerie and emotional impact."

Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)"Astounding, transfixing, sublime, and beautiful....just a few words to describe this wonderful graphic novel adaptation of the second half of Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. Consider this a lovely interpretation of the story's resolution."

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