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Book Information: Coraline

Coraline (2002) [Novella]
by Neil Gaiman Rating: Weighted - 7.5 / Average - 7.5 of 10 (60 votes) (Rate!)
Reviews: 7 (show them) Review!

Summary (From the publisher):

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.

Original title: Coraline
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionChildren & Young AdultHorror

This work is excerpted in the following works :
     Nebula Awards Showcase 2005: The Year's Best SF and Fantasy Selected by the Science Fiction Writers of America (2005) [Anthology]
      Authors: Neil Gaiman , Harlan Ellison , Elizabeth Moon , Barry N. Malzberg , Jeffrey Ford , Karen Joy Fowler , Carol Emshwiller , Adam-Troy Castro , Eleanor Arnason , Molly Gloss , Richard Bowes , Cory Doctorow , James Van Pelt , Charles Leonard Harness

Edition #1: Coraline

Coraline (2002)
Awards: Nebula Award: Best Novella (2003), Hugo Award: Best Novella (2003)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "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
  • "This book tells a fascinating and disturbing story that frightened me nearly to death. Unless you want to find yourself hiding under your bed, with your thumb in your mouth, trembling with fear and making terrible noises, I suggest that you step very slowly away from this book and go find another source of amusement, such as investigating an unsolved crime or making a small animal out of yarn." Lemony Snicket
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