I can't say enough about Neil Gaiman's latest title The Graveyard Book. On the night of his parent's brutal murder, a toddler wonders off and finds himself in a graveyard. The ghosts there take him in and vow to raise him as their own. He has other guardians, Silas and Miss Lupescu, who are neither ghost nor human and are able to bring him food and give him protection. As the child, aptly named Nobody, grows older, he struggles with toeing the line between the human world, in which he has a deadly enemy, and the mysterious world of the graveyard. The Graveyard Book also toes the line between fantasy and a coming-of-age tale; while it's packed with other worldly beings and fantastical adventures it also explores universal themes, such as struggling with growing up and forming one's own identity. A must read that will be a pleasure for fans of Neil Gaiman's work and for those picking up his writing for the first time.
Recommended by Caroline Barlow