“We who make stories know that we tell lies for a living. But they are good lies that say true things, and we owe it to our readers to build them as best we can. Because somewhere out there is someone who needs that story. Someone who will grow up with a different landscape, who without that story will be a different person. And who with that story may have hope, or wisdom, or kindness, or comfort. And that is why we write.” NEIL GAIMAN, The Graveyard Book

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Note: Published in 2008, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman won the British Carnegie Medal and American Newbury Medal for the year’s best in children’s novel. It also won the Hugo Award for Best Novel, which honors science fiction and fantasy books. The idea for the story (Kipling’s The Jungle Book set in a graveyard) sprang into Gaiman’s mind when he saw his son riding his bike around a cemetery near the family’s home in England.