The Graveyard Book wins the Newbery Medal

It is a thrill to report that Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book has won the 2009 John Newbery Medal for the “year’s outstanding contribution to children’s literature”. The Newbery Medal is named for the 18th Century British bookseller and is awarded each year by the Association for Library Service to Children (part of the American Library Association). Their website says that the book is “A delicious mix of murder, fantasy, humor and human longing, the tale of Nobody Owens is told in magical, haunting prose. A child marked for death by an ancient league of assassins escapes into an abandoned graveyard, where he is reared and protected by its spirit denizens.”