Have you ever heard the saying "It takes a village to raise a child"? That just means that it's not only parents who raise kids, but everyone in a community – the aunts, uncles, grandparents, neighbors, teachers… The Graveyard Book changes this saying a bit to "It takes a graveyard." And it does. Even though Mr. and Mrs. Owens will be Bod's parents, the entire graveyard votes on whether to take Bod in. Raising Bod is a community project. Many of the ghosts teach Bod lessons and give him advice, Silas acts as Bod's guardian and mentor, and Miss Lupescu joins the fun too. But Bod is a living child in a community of ghosts and supernatural beings. He loves the graveyard community he’s being raised in, but he also wants to join the society of living people. Where does Bod fit in? This is a tough challenge, and at the end of the book, Bod leaves the graveyard.
Even though Bod was raised by a community of dead people, he fits best with the community of the living.
Bod and Scarlett are able to be true friends even though they’re from totally different types of society.