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The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book


Neil Gaiman

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The Graveyard Book Characters

Meet the Cast

Nobody "Bod" Owens

Bod is the most Goth kid you’ll ever meet – he lives in a graveyard and is raised by ghosts, a vampire, and a werewolf, for Pete’s sake. He has Freedom of the Graveyard, which means he can co...


Silas is Bod’s guardian. He takes care of all of Bod’s basic needs, like food and shelter. He’s also Bod’s idol – the guy Bod looks up to, and will always look up to above all others. Sil...

Miss Lupescu

We first meet Miss Lupescu when Silas has to leave the graveyard for a while. She's the person Silas found to be Bod's guardian while he's away. At first she seems like the worst kind of substitu...

Liza Hempstock

Liza is a witch who’s buried just outside of the graveyard in “unconsecrated ground,” otherwise known as the Potter’s Field. As Silas explains to Bod, the main graveyard is built on land bl...

Scarlett Amber Perkins

Scarlett only appears in two of the novel’s eight chapters, but she sure has an impact. Scarlett doesn’t seem to have any supernatural powers, but she can see Bod – even though Freedom of the...

Jack Frost and the Jacks of All Trade

Jack Frost is The Graveyard Book’s arch-villain. He’s the guy who butchers Bod’s family with a sharp knife, and he wants to do the same to Bod. He also, it seems, lives with his grandma. Who,...

The Sleer

When we say “Sleer” out loud we pronounce it “SSSSSSLEER” to really emphasize the creepy hisssssing sound you might hear if you ever meet it (and we hope you never do). It makes the hissing...

The Indigo Man

The Indigo Man appears in Chapter 2, when Bod and Scarlett visit the Sleer for the first time. The Indigo Man doesn’t seem to be a living being, but rather an image projected by the Sleer to scar...

The Ghouls

The ghouls are the ickiest supernatural creatures in The Graveyard Book. Like many beings in the novel, they have a rich history in legend, folklore, fiction, and film. “Ghoul” is even in the d...

Mr. Owens and Mrs. Owens

Mr. and Mrs. Owens are Bod’s graveyard parents. Including the time they’ve been in the graveyard, they’ve been married 250 years. Their one regret is that they never had kids. Good thing Bod...

The Lady on the Grey

The Lady on the Grey is another super-mysterious figure. She might be a personification of death – which means she’s death in human form, like a prettier version of the Grim Reaper. She says th...
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