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The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

The characters are well developed, believable, and full of secrets.  Bod is just like any boy his age; his is curious, likes football, and finds adventure everywhere he goes.  Except he can dreamwalk, slip through shadows, and fade from awareness; all powers granted to him by his adoptive family, the ghosts of a graveyard.   He is aware of the world he lives in, but intrigued by the mystery of his past, of the world he belongs to. He has a strong connection to his solitary guardian Silas.  Although Bod has known Silas his entire life and looks up to him; he senses that Silas holds back and keeps secrets.