Kathleen Arthur, Evening Circulation Supervisor recommends:
Ocean at the End of the Lane (by Neil Gaiman) is one of those books that is really, really difficult to explain… but in a good way. It’s one part coming-of-age story, one part mystery, and one part horror tale with warmth and humor interspersed throughout. You know… sort of like life, which is probably why the novel remains so impressively real despite the fantasy elements central to the story.
As the buried memories of our unnamed narrator’s boyhood slowly return to him, we meet the slightly older girl who lives at the end of the lane with her mother and grandmother. At least she appears to be a few years older. As the threat of a powerful and mysterious danger grows, the boy discovers that the girl and her family are far, far older than they seem. They also possess knowledge of things he never imagined and compassion that will save him in more ways than he immediately realizes.