This is the story of Nobody Owens, a baby who becomes an orphan when his family is murdered by a secret society of evildoers. “Bod” narrowly escapes the attack by hiding in a nearby graveyard, where thousands of ghosts extend their protection to him. Seeing that he has no one else to support him, the ghosts decide to shelter and care for Bod themselves. He grows up to become a mostly normal boy…one who just happens to live in a graveyard, surrounded by restless spirits and hunted by ruthless evildoers!
I’ll be honest, the unique setting is what drew me into this awesome book. Everyone grows up thinking that their home life is normal, but I had never even imagined what it must be like to live in a graveyard! At first glance, the plot reminded me a little of “Harry Potter”--- an orphaned boy is hunted by evildoers and things kind of go on from there. I couldn’t have been more wrong, though, and let that be a lesson to me not a judge any book by its (back) cover! I think I’ve mentioned this before, but the great thing about books is that you can take a single basic idea and then run with it in any direction. If you gave the same idea to a hundred different authors, you’d probably come up with a hundred stories that were completely different.
Can you think of any particular places that you find interesting, even if they’re not necessarily one of your favorite spots? Maybe a shopping mall, a train station, or even one of your classrooms at school? Which of these places could be turned into a fascinating setting for one of your own stories?