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Publisher's Summary

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. 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 if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

©2002 Neil Gaiman (P)2002 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Children's Literature, 2003
  • Hugo Award Winner, Best Novella, 2003
  • Nebula Award Winner, Best Novella, 2003

"An electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons." (Publishers Weekly) "The story is odd, strange, even slightly bizarre, but kids will hang on every word...and they will love being frightened out of their shoes. This is just right for all those requests for a scary book." (School Library Journal) "A magnificently creepy story...for stouthearted kids who love a brush with the sinister, Coraline is spot on." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Magical

There is no other word for this. Just magical. And the narration by Neil Gaiman is essential.

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We have teeth and we have tails!

This book is great! Probably my favorite part(s) were the voices of the rats. They’re just so unnerving... Anyways, I’d give this book a listen, if I were you! However, be cautious if you have young children....

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wonderful story read by the author!

This has been one of my favorite books since I was a very small child. I've never even physically read the book- hearing it read by the author is an experience I don't think you can beat. An unnerving story of a little girl who discovers what bravery truly is. I definitely recommend this to anyone.

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Great Story with Excellent Narration by the Author

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Author Neil Gaiman does a great job narrating his story Coraline. Who better to breathe life into the characters that he created. Just a few hours long and an absolute pleasure to listen to. Like the movie, this audiobook isn't appropriate for young children. The story gets a bit "intense" at times and would most likely children under 10.

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better than the movie

I always enjoyed scarier stories and this is one of my favorites. I would listen to this before watching the movie

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all is good

good in trawling heart felt story.
the growth and sub plot is very prominent throughout.

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Only interesting bits is when the animals talk

Another case where the film is better than the story. Much of the story lacked filling which was made worse by the narrator. It almost droned on and on. Refund on thus one.

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Fantastic

if you loved the movie you will definitely love the book, because it's even better!

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I love this book.

It has such a great plot I love it so much. It is preformed well, so overall I give it 5 stars.

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The movie is better :/

Apparently Gaiman is great at coming up with ideas that screenwriters and producers are better at fleshing out than he is.