Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures... read more
While Nobody Owens’, or “Bod’s”, family was asleep, a man named Jack crept in and murdered the whole family except Bod, who was just a baby. Bod wandered off into a nearby graveyard. Some of the ghosts noticed him and agreed to be his parents and his guardian. His guardian, Silas, teaches him... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
While Nobody Owens’, or “Bod’s”, family was asleep, a man named Jack crept in and murdered the whole family except Bod, who was just a baby. Bod wandered off into a nearby graveyard. Some of the ghosts noticed him and agreed to be his parents and his guardian. His guardian, Silas, teaches him and when Silas leaves, he always has someone teach and take care of Bod.
As Bod grows up, he keeps wondering why he can’t go out of the graveyard. Silas explains that Bod is safer in the graveyard. Everyday, Bod takes his paper and crayons and copies the names of the dead people. While he was tracing names, a girl popped out of the bushes and she was his age. Then, they started to play. The girl’s name was Scarlett and when she left, she told her mom about her new friend. Both her mother and her father agreed that Bod was Scarlett’s imaginary friend. Some days, Scarlett’s mom would take her down to the graveyard and she would go play with Bod. A couple days later, Scarlett came back to the graveyard to tell Bod that she was moving to Scotland.
Bod’s old friend, Scarlett, returned and was now fifteen. She met a man named Jay Frost and she also was reunited with Bod. She researched the murder of Bod’s family and she realized the murder was at Mr. Jay’s house. When Bod came to learn more about his family’s killing, Mr. Jay turned out to be Jack and tried to kill him. They escaped and ran to the graveyard to hide. Jack got into the graveyard and found where Scarlett was hiding. He threatened to kill them, but they got away with the help of the Sleer, who are the other dead people in the graveyard.
Silas decided that Bod needed to live a real life outside of the graveyard. Silas let Bod out of the graveyard knowing that he was safe from the man Jack.will bod everfind his family who knows you should read it maybe
“It's not irrelevant, those moments of connection, those places where fiction saves your life. It's the most important thing there is”
“Rattle his bones / Over the stones / It’s only a pauper / Who nobody owns”Traditional Nursery Rhyme
“A graveyard is not normally a democracy, and yet death is the great democracy, and each of the dead had a voice...”Narrator
“I want to see life. I want to hold it in my hands. I want to leave a footprint on the sand of a desert island. I want to play football with people. I want everything.”Bod Owens
“It's like the people who believe they'll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn't work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.”Silas (on suicides)
“You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over. You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished.”Silas
“If I go outside in the world, the question isn't 'who will keep me safe from him?' It's 'who will keep him safe from me?'”Nobody
“If he didn't care about you, you couldn't upset him.”Liza Hempstock
“If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.”Nehemiah Trot
“People want to forget the impossible. It makes their world safer.”Silas
“Name the different kinds of people,’ said Miss Lupescu. ‘Now.’Bod thought for a moment. ‘The living,’ he said. ‘Er. The dead.’ He stopped. Then, ‘... Cats?’ he offered, uncertainly”Bod and Miss Lupescu
“You are obvious, boy. You are difficult to miss. If you came to me in company with a purple lion, a green elephant, and a scarlet unicorn astride which was the King of England in his Royal Robes, I do believe that it is you and you alone that people would stare at, dismissing the others as minor irrelevancie”miss lupsecu
“Not gay, just never met the right woman”mr frost
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