Just another GR refugee. Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.
The Graveyard Book is the second book by Neil Gaiman I've read, and both were lovely fairy tales. I like this the better of the two. (The other was Stardust.)
This book is the story of Nobody Owens, whose entire family is murdered when he is a toddler - his life is saved by his late-night breakout of his crib, and subsequent ramble down to the local cemetery. And there his life is saved again by the local ghosts, who take him in, and a man named Silas, who is clearly neither a normal human or a ghost, who becomes his guardian.
And so he is raised by the inhabitants of a cemetery, to know what they know, be it Fading and Haunting, or Victorian copperplate handwriting and the theory of humors. This book is the story of his childhood.
It is the right level of scary for most middle schoolers, which means it's the right level of scary for me, too.
And it is utterly charming.
(I read this for the Halloween book bingo, for "Grave or Graveyard." Though it might also do for some other squares, too.)