I enjoyed this story, which is not a typical ghost story. It felt a bit like a mix of Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket. Like the Harry Potter novels, this story creates a whole new world that exists outside the sight of regular humans. This one, though, is inhabited by ghosts, ghouls, and the like. It's the tales an infant, who escapes a murderer who kills the rest of his family. The boy is adopted by ghosts who live in a cemetery, and it follows the boy's life growing up in both the land of the living and the land of the dead. While it sounds a bit gruesome, it is mostly a sweet and funny story with some gruesome/scary episodes.The British narrator reminds me of the Lemony Snicket narrator, and the language of the story is like Lemony Snicket as well. This is a great audio for the whole family (older kids). I'm an adult and enjoyed listening with my adult son! This is enjoyable at the start, but is light on plot then. It gets better as it continues.It is well written, and I'd say it has appeal for age 8 to adult.
This is a story of one year in the life of Holling Hoodhood, a 7th Grade boy in 1967. There is no single plot to drive this story, but rather it's a series of interconnected anecdotes from that year. The writing is great and I enjoyed the stories and characters. The relationship between Holling and his teacher is central to the novel. Holling's father is a stereotypically conservative father of that era, and was almost too much. I liked how history is interwoven in this story. Also central - Shakespeare. Holling's teacher makes him read many plays. While I sort of enjoyed that as an adult, I had a hard time believing a 7th grade boy would connect so well with The Bard. I suspended my belief and chose to enjoy that, too, but I wonder how a 12 year old reader would relate to that. As a man who was 12 years old myself in 1967, this novel captured the era with heart and humor, and I liked it.