"Neil Gaiman, commonly known as the 'rock star' of the literary world, is revealed as the winner of the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2009. His book The Graveyard Book saw off competition from five other authors including Patrick Ness who was nominated for a second year. The Graveyard Book tells the story of Nobody 'Bod' Owens, a child abandoned in a graveyard after the vicious murder of his parents and sister by The Man Jack. Raised and educated by the ghosts that live there, Bod encounters terrible and unexpected menaces in the horror of the pit of the Sleer and the city of Ghouls. It is in the land of the living that the real danger lies as The Man Jack is determined to find Bod and finish him off"