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Press: Thorndike Press; 1 edition (August 2, 2003)


Illustrated by David McKean A New York Times Bestseller A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2002 A School Library Journal Best Book of 2002  In Coraline's family's new flat is a door which opens only to a brick wall. 
But one day, the door opens on a passage to another flat just like her own.
At first, things seem marvelous there.
The food is better.
The toys are magical.
But there's also another mother and father, and they want Coraline to be their little girl.
They want to change her and never let her go.
740LAn Accelerated Reader® title for ages 9-12

From Publishers Weekly

British novelist Gaiman (American Gods; Stardust) and his long-time accomplice McKean (collaborators on a number of Gaiman's Sandman graphic novels as well as The Day I Swapped My Dad for 2 Goldfish) spin an electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons. 
After Coraline and her parents move into an old house, Coraline asks her mother about a mysterious locked door.
Her mother unlocks it to reveal that it leads nowhere: "When they turned the house into flats, they simply bricked it up," her mother explains.
But something about the door attracts the girl, and when she later unlocks it herself, the bricks have disappeared.
Through the door, she travels a dark corridor (which smells "like something very old and very slow") into a world that eerily mimics her own, but with sinister differences.
"I'm your other mother," announces a woman who looks like Coraline's mother, except "her eyes were big black buttons." Coraline eventually makes it back to her real home only to find that her parents are missing--they're trapped in the shadowy other world, of course, and it's up to their scrappy daughter to save them.
Gaiman twines his taut tale with a menacing tone and crisp prose fraught with memorable imagery ("Her other mother's hand scuttled off Coraline's shoulder like a frightened spider"), yet keeps the narrative just this side of terrifying.
The imagery adds layers of psychological complexity (the button eyes of the characters in the other world vs.
the heroine's increasing ability to distinguish between what is real and what is not; elements of Coraline's dreams that inform her waking decisions).
McKean's scratchy, angular drawings, reminiscent of Victorian etchings, add an ominous edge that helps ensure this book will be a real bedtime-buster.
Ages 8-up.Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6-8-When Coraline and her parents move into a new house, she  notices a mysterious, closed-off door. 
It originally went to another part of the house, which her family does not own.
Some rather eccentric neighbors call her Caroline and seem not to understand her very well, yet they have information for her that will later prove vital.
Bored, she investigates the door, which takes her into an alternate reality.
There she meets her "other" mother and father.
They are very nice to her, which pleases Coraline but also makes her a little suspicious.
Her neighbors are in this other world, and they are the same, yet somehow different.
When Coraline gets nervous and returns home, her parents are gone.
With the help of a talking cat, she figures out that they are being held prisoner by her other parents, as are the souls of some long-lost children.
Coraline's plan to rescue them involves, among other things, making a risky bargain with her other mother whose true nature is beginning to show.
The rest of the story is a suspense-filled roller coaster, and the horror is all the more frightening for being slightly understated.
A droll humor is present in some of the scenes, and the writing is simple yet laden with foreboding.
The story is odd, strange, even slightly bizarre, but kids will hang on every word.
Coraline is a character with whom they will surely identify, and they will love being frightened out of their shoes.
This is just right for all those requests for a scary book.Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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From Booklist

Coraline has recently moved with her preoccupied parents into a flat in an old house.
The neighbors above and below are odd but friendly: Mr.
Bobo trains mice; elderly Misses Spink and Forcible serve her tea and tell her fortune.
No one lives in the flat next door.
But Coraline knows better, and one evening she discovers what's there: a tantalizing alternate world, filled with toys and food (unlike any of the boring stuff she has at home) and weird-- though wonderfully attentive--parents, who happen to have black button eyes sewn on with dark thread.
Although her "other parents" beg her to stay, she decides to leave, but by doing so Coraline sets in motion a host of nightmarish events that she must remedy alone.
Gaiman, well known for his compelling adult horror novels (see "The Booklist Interview," opposite), seems less sure of himself with a younger age group.
His "nowhere wonderland" setting (think Alice on acid) is magical, deliciously eerie, and well captured in the text and in McKean's loose, angular sketches.
But the goings-on are murky enough to puzzle some kids and certainly creepy enough to cause a few nightmares (ignore the publisher's suggestion that this is suitable for eight-year-olds).
What's more, Coraline is no naive Alice.
She's a bundle of odd contradictions that never seem to gel--confident, outspoken, self-sufficient one moment; a whiny child the next.
Gaiman's construct offers a chilling and empowering view of children, to be sure, but young readers are likely to miss such subtleties as the clever allusions to classic horror movies and the references to the original dark tales by the Brothers Grimm.
Gaiman has written an often-compelling horror novel, but, as with so many adult authors who attempt to reach young readers, his grasp of his audience is less sure than his command of his material.
Stephanie ZvirinCopyright © American Library Association.
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"When most people hear 'large-print book,' they immediately think senior citizen. 
But large-print editions of popular children's books -- from the powerhouse Harry Potter series to timeless classics like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer -- are now making their way onto the shelves of the Children's Department at the Canton Library.
Although large-print editions are targeted to the visually-impaired or dyslexic child, they can also be used by standard-vision readers.
So Kershner [Children's librarian at the Canton Public Library] has decided against creating a special section in the Children's Department (as exists in the Adult Department) opting instead to intersperse large-print books on the shelves with the regular print versions of the same titles." -- The Observer and Eccentric (October 2000) (The Observer and Eccentric 20001001)"Thorndike Press has helped me not only find books I want to read, but they also look like regular books.
That's important when you're a kid and you can only read Large Print, you want your book to look like all the other books.
I'm reading a lot more now that we have found Thorndike Press." -- Jim Bernardin, Islamorada, FL"Everyone loves to read, there's nothing like curling up with a good book.
We're a reading family, so when our son was diagnosed with Stargardt's Disease and only able to read Large Print, it was particularly difficult.
Books on tape are wonderful but they don't fill the void of actually reading a good story.
Large Print books have been around a long time for older people, but to find a good novel for a young person in Large Print began to feel nearly impossible.
The books that Thorndike Press publishes have truly made a difference in my son's reading life.
He can enjoy current novels as well as some of the classics that he missed reading when it became too difficult with regular print." -- Sara Bernardin, Islamorada, FL

From the Back Cover

"Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house. 
."When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.But there's another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl.
They want to change her and never let her go.Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.
Celebrating ten years of Neil Gaiman's first modern classic for young readers, this edition is enriched with a brand-new foreword from the author, a reader's guide, and more.

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About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the author of the New York Times bestselling children's book Coraline and of the picture books The Wolves in the Walls and The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, illustrated by Dave McKean. 
He wrote the script for the film MirrorMask and is also the author of critically acclaimed and award-winning novels and short stories for adults, as well as the Sandman series of graphic novels.
Among his many awards are the World Fantasy Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Bram Stoker Award.
Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in the United States.

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From AudioFile

Coraline describes herself as an explorer. 
When she finds a mysterious corridor in her family's new flat, she must fight sinister forces determined to keep her parents, three lost souls, and herself prisoner forever.
Neil Gaiman's performance seems effortless.
His soft-spoken voice lends to the overall darkness of the story, and his British accent matches the setting.
Reading clearly and at a moderate pace, Gaiman will leave teen and adult listeners alike captivated and continuously caught in the suspense.
The Gothic Archies, usually featured in the Series of Unfortunate Events audiobooks, make an appearance here, adding haunting music to an already haunting tale.
© AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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  •     Coraline is a delightful coming-of-age story with horror elements meant to keep you on your toes. Nothing beats the original novel, however, and my personal opinion is that the movie still beats the graphic novel.There are only minor differences between this graphic novel and the original novel, with some parts of the story being left out, possibly to make space. The story was quite enjoyable, but a little short and could be read in less than a few minutes - but I think it's best to give your eyes a few moments to take in all the details of the beautiful artwork! Much time and effort seems to have been put into sketches and detail, and it is quite easy to miss even the most obvious details if you attempt to take the book in all at once.If you're the kind of person that prefers colors to blank pages, then this book is definitely for you!Pro Tip: try playing the movie soundtrack as you read! It becomes quite endearing. :)

  •     The book coraline is a magnificent and a gripping tale with it really helps my old English vocabulary.The end was also breathtaking and made me hold my breath.

  •     Loved it!

  •     Love this book, love the movie, love his other books such as Odd and the frost giants! I would recommend this!

  •     Loved the movie -- one of our favorite movies, actually! Once I found out there was a book, I had to buy it!

  •     Great product, very fast delivery and a good price.

  •     Love this book!! I liked the movie and the book is a bit longer and more satisfying.

  •     Coraline was surprisingly intense. It starts innocently enough, with a young girl bored of the summer and looking for adventure. She seems a level-headed girl with a healthy imagination - a great combination for parents who are rather caught up in the day-to-day living that adults often get caught up in. And then Coraline finds herself ensnared in the adventure of a lifetime - a spooky one to be sure.Coraline was the perfect heroine, and all of her reactions and actions were just what you'd expect from a precocious child. It was well established in the beginning that she was used to moving about on her own, with little supervision, so her ability to deal with the pretty scary things that happened to her was believable. That the author pulled character traits and settings from his own life made everything feel that much more real and natural in the storyline. There's no better way to write a "scary" story for young readers than this mixture of intense dread and optimistic hope.

  •     Coraline is a young girl who moves into a new home with her parents and feels out of place. Her parents don’t seem to have too much time for her, so she goes exploring and meets...

  •     Great

  •     Neil Gaiman did an amazing job of subtlety making his book Coraline creepy from the very beginning. At the beginning of the book it seems like a normal fairy tail but you can tell that something mysterious is happening. Near the middle of the book you definitely know something creepy is happening but don't know what it fully is or the reasons it happening. By the end of the book it makes you wonder what the reasons are for that to happen and wonder if it actually is over. The issues I had with the book was that the middle just seemed to be there to make the book longer. The middle of the book seemed to repeat its self over and over which made the book get a little boring.The end of the book felt so rushed that it was hard to keep up with. Since the end of the book was so rushed it lacked the quality the rest of the book maintained. I recommend this book to people who like fairy tales with a twist. Coraline feels like a normal fairy tale but with a morbid spin. This book is also good for people who like books that are a little bit dark. Some of the characters in Coraline are very creepy and strange.

  •     Picked up again and published in 2002 after having been put on hold 10 years earlier, we are presented with ‘Coraline’, the title of the accidently misspelled Caroline and subsequently kept name by Neil Gaiman. The major motif behind the work is bravery, being boot-shakingly scared yet pushing forward in efforts to do the right thing.A work Gaiman started and completed for his two daughters (as he says: started for one; finished for another). This is a dark fairy tale of two separate worlds, two alternate realities, where things are similar but wholly dissimilar. It is fantastical and slightly scary (I don’t know how his girls did with it, but assuming that Gaiman is their father – they’re probably used to the stuff!) Reading this as an adult I found there to be aspects that gave me the shudders! And while I’ve also watched the movie, many years ago and prior to reading the work, I have little recollection of how closely the movie follows the literary work (I’ll probably watch it later on, to refresh myself), thus the written work appears fresh and vibrant, if not a bit terse. That said, for what it is, it is a fantastic tale of persevering in the face of fear, uncertainty and unfamiliarity. An easy 4 stars; borderline 5.‘Because,’ she said, ‘when you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave.’ (651)SPOILERS:Having recently relocated to a new home, Coraline Jones is sent exploring by her parents, whom seem to have very little time for her. She ultimately ends up asking to spend time in the ‘drawing room’ where there is a bricked off door which used to allow access to the remainder of the house before it had been partitioned. While Coraline’s mother says the door goes nowhere, this is soon disproven.Ominous signs, dreams of red-eyed mice singing: ‘We are small but we are many. We are many we are small. We were here before you rose. We will be here when you fall.’ (199) act as the harbinger of the nightmare to come! As does tea-leaf reading by Mrs. Spinks and Mrs. Forcible, who then offer her a simple stone with a hole bore through the center.Soon, opening the door and finding there to be no brick obstruction, Coraline enters a world of gray, a world created just for her. Here she meets her ‘other mother’ and her ‘other father’. Always slightly ominous in presentation but seldom imposing or directly threatening… just attached to vibes which create great discomfort. Other mother wants Coraline to stay, she wants her love, she wants to have a ‘proper family.’ (360)Coraline retreats and goes home, only to find her parents have been kidnapped by Other Mother! Shaken with fear she knows what she must do – she has to save them! She has to be brave!Re-entering the corridor she soon encounters a black cat, who is able to speak (convenient) and who knows the workings of other mother and flatly states that she isn’t to be trusted, nor are the rats as they are her spies.Having been locked in the cupboard by other mother because of her defiance, Coraline encounters the spirits of three other children which, presumably, other mother had tried to lure into her clutches by the same means. They request Coraline to set their souls free, to challenge her to a game and to be very wary of all of her nefarious ways.Engaging the game of finding the souls and her parents she is promised by Other mother that if she wins she may go free. Coraline seeks and finds, but not without hindrance 3 marbles which harbor the souls of the children and a snow-globe in which her parents are trapped.Escaping back to the other side, she severs Other mother’s hand in the door. Knowing the hand is after the key to the door she keeps strung upon her neck, Coraline sets up a simple trap involving a paper picnic blanket, a very deep well and feigned awareness of the situation. She wins, hand down. Hehe.

  •     Love Neil Gaiman.

  •     A great read, obviously though it's Neil Gaiman.


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