A couple of the comments centered around the macabre/horror aspects of the book. After all, the main setting is a graveyard and the story opens with the main character’s family getting murdered. And yet, the book is written as a children’s book (and received a major award for children’s books). What age would be the appropriate audience for this book? Do you think the macabre aspects of the story are treated in a way that makes them appropriate for children? How do you feel about the way death and the afterlife are treated in this book, which is geared towards children?
Ok, that’s enough heavy thinking for the end of the week!