The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring....
In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own. Only it's different.
At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there's another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.
Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Neil Gaiman will delight readers with his first novel for all ages.
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1 . Great for all ages!
Posted August 06, 2010 by Kat , Not ReleventI read this in the sixth grade and absolutely loved it! It was very interesting and unique. I have never read anything like it. The movie was good also, but I think I liked the book better. So if you plan to watch the movie, read the book first! It is amazing!
2 . Interesting story
Posted April 24, 2010 by kjn , Minneapolis, MNI ready the book after seeing the movie. It was entertaining to read.
3 . Strangely eerie...
Posted March 16, 2009 by Geoff Spakes , Erie, COI was prompted to read this book after seeing the movie with my daughter and after their class read it as well. If you've seen the movie and enjoyed it, you'll like the book as well. It's a little eerie and at some points may even be a little intense for some younger readers; it wasn't too much for my 10 year old, but each will have to judge for themselves.
Regardless, a good entertaining short read for an adult.
4 . Interesting but spooky for young children
Posted March 08, 2009 by Mr.War , LAI found this to be a remarkable story by Neil Gaiman and I recommend it, the only thing that should be noted is that I do not think it is really appropriate for young children as it is a somewhat creepy tale.
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Excerpt from Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Fairy Tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten
-- G.K. Chesterton.
Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house.
It was a very old house -- it had an attic under the roof and a cellar under the ground and an overgrown garden with huge old trees in it.
Coraline's family didn't own all of the house, it was too big for that. Instead they owned part of it.
There were other people who lived in the old house.
Miss Spink and Miss Forcible lived in the flat below Coraline's, on the ground floor. They were both old and round, and they lived in their flat with a number of ageing highland terriers who had names like Hamish and Andrew and Jock. Once upon a time Miss Spink and Miss Forcible had been actresses, as Miss Spink told Coraline the first time she met her.
"You see, Caroline," Miss Spink said, getting Coraline's name wrong, "Both myself and Miss Forcible were famous actresses, in our time. We trod the boards, luvvy. Oh, don't let Hamish eat the fruit cake, or he'll be up all night with his tummy."
"It's Coraline. Not Caroline. Coraline," said Coraline.
In the flat above Coraline's, under the roof, was a crazy old man with a big moustache. He told Coraline that he was training a mouse circus. He wouldn't let anyone see it.
"One day, little Caroline, when they are all ready, everyone in the whole world will see the wonders of my mouse circus. You ask me why you cannot see it now. Is that what you asked me "
"No," said Coraline quietly, "I asked you not to call me Caroline. It's Coraline."
"The reason you cannot see the Mouse Circus," said the man upstairs, "is that the mice are not yet ready and rehearsed. Also, they refuse to play the songs I have written for them. All the songs I have written for the mice to play go oompah oompah. But the white mice will only play toodle oodle, like that. I am thinking of trying them on different types of cheese."