The book follows Bod as he grows up with the early chapters acting as short stories as Bod meets the various inhabitants of the graveyard and eventually ventures outside its boundaries.
The final chapter sees Bod reach his teenage years an pulls together the various threads of the previous chapters as Bod eventually faces the men behind his first families murder.
It's one of those great children's books that doesnt treat the reader like an idiot , thus the appeal (along with Gaiman's track record in fantasy) that makes it a good read for adults. The array of ghostly characters are well drawn. The structure works in that the seemingly disconnected early adventures all have apart to play in the final showdown. The ending is neat , packs an emotional punch but in hinting at a world beyond both the graveyard of ghosts and the towns of the living it lets imagination run and leaves you wanting to find out more.
It is also worth mentioning the wonderful illustrations that start every chapter, they have just the right level of the mysterious, strangely comforting with a hint of menace
If you have an 8 or 9 year old , buy it for bed time reading and use them as an excuse to meet Bod and his ghostly family
You can buy the Graveyard book here