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GatheringReaders Virtual Discussion 2: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

A warm hello to everyone! Welcome to the 2nd Virtual Discussion of Gathering Readers. Today we talk about Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. I would also like to give a special shout-out to our new Book Club Participants from the Yuvabharati International School. Welcome! We’re very happy that you could join us.

Since we are all meeting in two weeks’ time at the Jurong West Public Library, I am hoping that you have made a bit of progress with the book, and getting to know Nobody. 🙂

Here are a few discussion questions that I am hoping you’d answer in the Comments Section of this post. Again, no pressure with this, children. I’d understand if you feel *extremely shy* about putting your responses out here. Do know that this is not a quiz, just a lovely sharing of thoughts and ideas. I’d love to hear what you think about the book.

I am also inviting our other readers to chime in with their own thoughts in the event that you’ve already read the book or are planning to read the book.

  1. Which chapter are you in now? How are you finding the book so far?
  2. What did you think about the book’s title: “The Graveyard Book?” What are some of the images that popped into your head?
  3. Who are some of your favorite characters so far?
  4. What did you think about Silas and Miss Lupescu?
  5. Nobody is raised in a peculiar environment. What do you think are some of the advantages and disadvantages of growing up in such strange circumstances and environment?

That’s it! Easy-peasy right? Looking forward to reading your responses and meeting you all in two weeks’ time.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

7 comments on “GatheringReaders Virtual Discussion 2: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

  1. Myka Bacsal

    1. Im finished with the book a week ago
    2.I think its quite a creepy title for a book
    3.My favorite character is Bod and Silas
    4. I think they’re quite nice to Bod in a guardian type cause Bod has no guardian
    5. Well sometimes if you live in a graveyard it must be really dark at night and sometimes it might be creepy and that if you don’t have a bathroom in the Graveyard you might smell stinky. But the good thing is that you can hang out by yourself and look at the wonders of the world.


  2. Abraham Mughal

    1. I am on chapter 5 the interlude.
    2. I think the name of the book is pretty strange
    3. My favorite character so far is Bod ( short for nobody)
    4. I think that Silas is a good bodyguard and is doing quite a good job. Miss Lupescu is quite strange because she can become a dog and is a little mean
    5. The advantages of being raised in a graveyard is that he can find out what it’s like to be dead and what you have to go through when you are dead. One of the disadvantages is that he does not get to have the full experience of being outside the graveyard and he will not get good knowledge.


  3. Malavika Romel

    1.I had finished the book a few days ago.It is a very inspirational book,the best I have ever read
    2.I think it is a very suitable name.
    3.My favourite character is Bod, Silas and Ms.Lupescu.
    4.Ithink Ms.Lupescu was alittle too strict at first, but now I understand the reason and I think it is a very good one.Silas was a reasonable and responsible guardian and I think
    hefit perfectly into the story.
    5.The advantages are that you are safe and surrounded,and in a place where not many people look ,so you are free and left alone.The disadvantages are that maybe you are a
    bit too left alone and free and maybe even restricted.There are not many people to talk to,with the exception of ghosts.You don’t have much to do as well,and unless you live
    with another educated person,and in this case,Silas,you will remain illiterate


  4. Shiv Sakthivel

    1.I finished the book two days ago.I found the book very different than normal ones and thought it was extremely interesting.
    2.The title is a bit strange but it is apt for this book.
    3.My favourite character is Nobody Owens.I like him as he is quiet and reserved.
    4.Both Silas and Miss Lupescu were excellent and responsible guardians.Silas, found at least one thing or another to interest Bod and Miss Lupescu was strict at first but she proved her responsibility towards Bod by saving his life twice but in the end, sacrificed her own.
    5.The advantage of living in a graveyard is that you can live in your own world and not have any pressure from the quickly advancing outside world, whereas some children who have too much workload, just crack under pressure but lucky for Bod he does not have any pressure.The disadvantage of living a graveyard is that it gives you support but not even a bit of knowledge about the outside world. If you are suddenly asked to leave the graveyard,there is no way that you can survive in this world.


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  6. I started reading this book this past weekend and I’m loving it. I’ve only read 3 chapters, but it’s a fun one.


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