I read The Graveyard Book for a future bookchat on Evil Editor's blog.
Summary: The man named Jack kills a family, but a toddler wanders out of his crib and the murderous scene at just the right moment. He makes it up a hill, to the town's graveyard. There, the community of ghosts vow to protect him.
The boy is without a name -so he is called Nobody. Nobody grows up in the graveyard, and at one level, the book is literally a metaphor for growing up. Nobody is supposed to stay within the bounds of the graveyard to be safe from the man named Jack. He doesn't. He gets into trouble.
There is a witch. There are ghouls. There are ghosts and wolves and secret orders. While I didn't feel the emotional tug I usually feel in my favorite reads, there was an under-the-surface tension that kept me turning the pages. I felt like having a seance after closing the book. :-)
This is THE perfect campfire story. I loved this book. It's the first Gaiman book I've read (though Cindy Pon--YOO HOO!!--gave me The Anansi Boys when I met her in the summer. Now I will read it!).
Sorry for the quickie review, but I wanted to get something up and see if others have read this book.