The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Nobody Owens, so named by the inhabitants of the graveyard, is a normal boy...or is he? Living among the dead, raised by the dead, taught by the dead, with no contact with the living he is not allowed to leave the graveyard. Only in the graveyard is he protected from he who waits on the outside.
There are dangers as well as adventures for a boy growing up in a graveyard yet he longs for human companionship, and knowledge which cannot be taught by the dead but learned from the living.
This man from the shadows, Silas, agrees to oversee this child, to bring him food, to see that he has knowledge for the time when he will leave the graveyard. And so begins the new life of Nobody Owens. Everything that came before faded as he learns all the ways of the dead.
This is the first book I have read by Neil Gaiman, rated YA Fantasy, although it is somewhat dark, it may pull a certain crowd. (7th & 8th grade) Seems there is a growing trend towards this type of book. This book is the 2009 Newbery Medal Winner.