The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is a master of creating new realities out of fantasy, finding magic in the most mundane of worlds. My favorite of his many books, The Graveyard Book takes Kipling's Jungle Book and gives it an artful twist. In Gaiman's version, a young orphan named Nobody Owens is raised in a graveyard by a man who lives between the living world and the realm of the dead, with ghosts as his playmates, nurses, teachers, and companions.
As long as Bod (as he's known) stays within the walls of the graveyard, all is well. Because outside those walls, the sinister man who killed Bod's family is waiting to finish the job he started. This is a dark world, where one should be more afraid of the living than the dead, but Gaiman also adds his own lighthearted touch and humor.
This book is promoted as being a children's book, but like so many in that genre, the writing is rich and strong enough for any adult interested in good storytelling. (2010 - HarperCollins)