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Coralineby Neil Gaiman
2003 Hugo Award for Best Novella
2003 Nebula Award for Best Novella
Synopses & Reviews
Spooky twists and soaring prose make this foodie update on Hansel and Gretel an unforgettable must-read.
Lorelei is bowled over by Splendid Academyand#151;Principal Trapp encourages the students to run in the hallways, the classrooms are stocked with candy dishes, and the cafeteria serves lavish meals featuring all Lorelei's favorite foods. But the more time she spends at school, the more suspicious she becomes. Why are her classmates growing so chubby? And why do the teachers seem so sinister?
It's up to Lorelei and her new friend Andrew to figure out what secret this supposedly splendid school is hiding. What they discover chills their bonesand#151;and might even pick them clean!
Mix one part magic, one part mystery, and just a dash of Grimm, and you've got the recipe for a cozy-creepy read that kids will gobble up like candy.
"[A]n electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons....Gaiman twines his taught tale with a menacing tone and crisp prose fraught with memorable imagery..." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Not since Narnia has the simple act of opening a door unlocked such a fantastic journey. And not since Alice tumbled down the rabbit hole has that journey been so splendidly strange and frightening." USA Today
"Inventive, scary, thrilling, and finally affirmative. Readers young and old will find something to startle them." Washington Post Book World
"So wonderfully whimsical that readers of all ages will hungrily devour it, word by word....Coraline is destined to become a classic." Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"By turns creepy and funny, bittersweet and playful...can be read quickly and enjoyed deeply." San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"A modern ghost story with all the creepy trimmings....Well done." The New York Times Book Review
"As we used to say, it blew my mind...chilly, finely-wrought prose, a truly weird setting and a fable that taps into our most uncomfortable fears." Times Educational Supplement
"Coraline may be Gaiman?s most disciplined and fully controlled novel to date, and it may even end up as something of a classic." Locus
"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." School Library Journal
"This story provides a good edge-of-your-seat read without being terribly frightening. For those children who like to be scared, Gaiman's novel is a well-written alternative to Goosebumps." Joan Kindig, Children's Literature
"Beautifully spooky. Gaiman actually seems to understand the way children think." The Christian Science Monitor
"Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, rise to your feet and applaud: Coraline is the real thing." Philip Pullman, The Guardian (U.K.)
"This book will send a shiver down your spine, out through your toes, and into a taxi to the airport. It has the delicate horror of the finest fairy tales, and it is a masterpiece." Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series and co-author of Good Omens
"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, author of Dark Lord of Derkholm
"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, author of The Series of Unfortunate Events
"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.
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the critically acclaimed and award-winning creator of the Sandman series of graphic novels, author of the novels Anansi Boys, American Gods, Coraline, Stardust,and Neverwhere, the short-fiction collection Smoke and Mirrors, and the bestselling children's books The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfishand The Wolves in the Walls(both illustrated by Dave McKean). Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in the United States.
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