2003 Hugo Award for Best Novella
2003 Nebula Award for Best Novella
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"[Neil Gaiman] is, simply put, a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any medium." Stephen King
"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 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
"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
"Delicate and extraordinary, it reads like Alice in Wonderland crossed with Stephen King..." The Independent (U.K.)
"A modern ghost story with all the creepy trimmings....Well done." The New York Times Book Review
"[M]agnificently creepy....[S]ome deliciously eerie descriptive writing. Not for the faint-hearted who are mostly adults anyway but for stouthearted kids who love a brush with the sinister: Coraline is spot on." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"[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
"By turns creepy and funny, bittersweet and playful...can be read quickly and enjoyed deeply." San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Beautifully spooky. Gaiman actually seems to understand the way children think." The Christian Science Monitor
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is a New York Times
bestselling author of more than twenty books for adults and children, including the novels Neverwhere
, American Gods
, Anansi Boys
, and The Graveyard Book
; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and Make Good Art
, the text of a commencement speech he delivered at Philadelphias University of the Arts.
He is the recipient of numerous literary honors, including the Locus and Hugo Awards and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. 1.8 million people follow him on Twitter.
Born and raised in England, Neil Gaiman now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife, the rock star Amanda Palmer.
Dave McKean is best known for his work on Neil Gaiman's Sandman series of graphic novels and for his CD covers for musicians from Tori Amos to Alice Cooper. He also illustrated Neil Gaiman's picture books The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, The Wolves in the Walls, and Crazy Hair. He is a cult figure in the comic book world, and is also a photographer.