Coraline satiates all the restlessness you feel as a child coming from even the happiest of homes. Spooky in an endearing way, Coraline finds herself in the unwanted embrace of her initially charming "Other Mother" who makes several attempts to sew buttons into Coraline's eyes. In this alternate world, Coraline must save the ghost children and rescue her parents in order to get back to the life she once took for granted. This book hosts a great conversation about the quirkiness and wonders we all have inside of us. Reading it, I am reminded to be my authentic self and appreciate when others do the same.— From Katie
In Coraline's family's new flat there's a locked door. On the other side is a brick wall—until Coraline unlocks the door . . . and finds a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.
The food is better there. Books have pictures that writhe and crawl and shimmer. And there's another mother and father there who want Coraline to be their little girl. They want to change her and keep her with them. . . . Forever.
Coraline is an extraordinary fairy tale/nightmare from the uniquely skewed imagination of #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman.
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book. Among his numerous literary awards are the Newbery and Carnegie medals, and the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. Originally from England, he now lives in America.
“You don’t have to be a kid to appreciate the spell Gaiman casts in the suspenseful Coraline. Walk through the door and you’ll believe in love, magic and the power of good over evil.”
— USA Today
“This book tells a fascinating and disturbing story that frightened me nearly to death.”
— Lemony Snicket
“Inventine, scay, thrilling, and finally affirmative.”
— Washington Post Book World
“Rise to your feet and applaud: CORALINE is the real thing.”
— Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials
“This book will send a shiver down your spine, out through your shoes, and into a taxi to the airport. It has the delicate horror of the finest fairy tales, and it is a masterpiece.”
— Terry Pratchett
“I think this book will nudge Alice in Wonderland out of its niche at last. It is the most splendidly original, weird, and frightening book I have read, and yet full of things children will love.”
— Diana Wynne Jones
“A deliciously scary book. The magical elements are surprising and new, and the evil that she has to fight is disturbing in ways that matter.”
— Orson Scott Card
“An electifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“CORALINE may be Gaiman’s most disciplined and fully controlled novel to date, and it may even end up as something of a classic.”
“Chilly, finely wrought prose, a truly weird setting,a nd a fable that taps into our most uncomfortable fears.”
— Times Educational Supplement