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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. 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 if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2002.
ISBN: 9780380807345
Call Number: GAIMAN
Characteristics: 162 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Subjects: Imaginary places -- Fiction.
Rescues -- Fiction.
Space and time -- Fiction.
Paranormal fiction.
Additional Contributors: McKean, Dave - Illustrator


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GCPL_Teen Jun 29, 2017

What a creepy book! If you like Tim Burton movies or other Gaiman novels, you will like this.

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JCLBeckyC Aug 05, 2019

I have a low tolerance for violence. I produce enough anxiety all on my own without needing the adrenaline shock of a horror story, After reading most of Gaiman's other novels, I decided to give Coraline a try. I'm glad I did. It's not full of "blood and guts" like I worried it would be. Instead, it's more like a fairy tale/psychological thriller. Gaiman knows how to get inside character's minds, making the fantastical seem real and relatable. Coraline is a brave girl and a great role model. I especially recommend listening to the audiobook, narrated by Gaiman himself.

Apr 04, 2019

Awesome and scary!

Jan 10, 2019

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy creepy stories with brave characters for children.

When Coraline moves into a new house she quickly figures out that some doors are better left locked. But is life more exciting on the other side? When her parents go missing it is up to her to find them and bring them back. Can she be brave enough to face her fears and save them?

Even though creepy themes are not my favorite by nature, I adored the reason that Gaiman wrote this book, and of course the writing style. I liked seeing how his mind translated into a children's story and a children's character. I liked how it focused on bravery and courage.

Nov 14, 2018

Fantasy isn't my favorite genre, so my rating is perhaps a bit unfair. I can see how this book would appeal to young readers by being creepy and scary without going over the top.

Apr 06, 2018

I have a hard time believeing this is a children's book (or movie) because I find it haunting and terrifying. I first read it a couple years ago and it was just as creepy reading it again.

Jan 21, 2018

Exquisitely creepy. not quite a kids' book.

Jul 10, 2017

Definitely different from the movie, and that was refreshing! All ages can enjoy this book and the character of Coraline.

GCPL_Teen Jun 29, 2017

What a creepy book! If you like Tim Burton movies or other Gaiman novels, you will like this.

Jan 27, 2017

I can see why this book has become a classic. The descriptive prose is so well done that you can see everything Coraline does. The underlying themes of overcoming our fears and loyalty are well presented. Now I need to take a second look at the movie!

Apr 18, 2016

Coraline is a short disturbing story about young, witty, imaginative and clever Coraline Jones whose story begins with a little door. The book is filled with both creepy and outstanding characters that come into Coraline’s life. For a child reading this it is a wondrous book of the perfect life that can be given to a child. For a parent it is not as wondrous but frightening. Coraline is written in a way that both children and parents see such differences. The book has blooming flowers and bright lights hiding parent neglect and out right horror. Coraline will have shivers running down your spine and give new perspective of black buttons and cats.
- @LittleMissRedHead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Mar 25, 2018

"I don't WANT whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted?"
-- Coraline (page 118).

Laura_X Apr 06, 2015

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

Aug 29, 2014

It vanished among the trees

soccergirl8 Jun 01, 2012

"when you're scared, but you still do it anyway, that's brave."


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Jul 01, 2013

Coraline is an adventurous girl. She loves to explore. When her family moves into a new house her love to explore causes big trouble for her family and friends. Will she defeat her enemy and find her parents? Read to find out more.

soccergirl8 Jun 01, 2012

Coraline is bored in her new house, that is until she finds a tiny door that leads to a new, perfect world. The other mother treats her with lots of "love". Later, however, the other mother wants to sew buttons onto her eyes. Coraline barely escapes. When she goes back to save her parents, she sees 3 ghosts that also need their souls saved. Read this book to find out if Coraline saves them and gets out alive.


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