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.
"[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
"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 Gaimans 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
“Gaimans pacing is superb, and he steers the tension of the tale with a deft and practiced narrative touch.” Bulletin of the Center for Children & #8217;s Books
“It has the delicate horror of the finest fairy tales, and it is a masterpiece.” Terry Pratchett
“ Walk through the door and youll believe in love, magic, and the power of good over evil.” USA Today
“An electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A deliciously scary book that we loved reading together as a family.” Orson Scott Card
“A truly creepy tale. Beware those button eyes!” Family Fun Magazine
“The most splendidly original, weird, and frightening book I have read, and yet full of things children will love.” Diana Wynne Jones
“A magnificently creepy story…Coraline is spot on.” Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"Chilly, finely-wrought prose, a truly weird setting and a fable that taps into our most uncomfortable fears." Times Edu cational Supplement
"The perfect starting place for young readers; seasoned Pratchett fans will just revel in his wit, his subversion of tropes and his sense of humanity. . . . Small in scale but large in pleasure."
"This story is inventive in its carefully worked-out central conceit, often vey funny, and dotted with some genuinely scary bits, as well as Pratchett's wiry 1971 spot illustrations."
"All of the big political ideas of mid-century epic fantasy are here writ literally small and carried along by Pratchett's signature wit and flawless pacing."
and#8212;Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Sure to be sought after by Pratchett's fans, young and old, this adventure will also amuse children who have never heard his name."
"Fantasy with comedic flair is the Pratchett trademark . . . [This] book will entice young readers into a world with enough adventure, terror, and comic relief to keep them intrigued."
and#8212;VOYA, 5Q 4P M J
"The brisk narrative mixes sly wit and occasional puns with lively battle scenes and mysterious revelations. . . an excellent entree to Pratchett's work."
and#8212;School Library Journal
"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.
An epic taleand#8212;set in a minuscule worldand#8212;written and illustrated by the incomparable award-winning, best-selling author Terry Pratchett.
"In the beginning, there was nothing but endless flatness. Then came the Carpet." Thatand#8217;s the old story everyone knows. But now a new story isand#160;in the making. The story of Fray, sweeping a trail of destruction across the Carpetand#8212;and of two brothers on an adventure to end all adventures.
First published in 1971, this novel marked the debut of Sir Terry Pratchett. Years later, Sir Terry revised the work. This edition includes the updated text, his original illustrations, andand#160;the short story that isand#160;the forerunner to The Carpet People.
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.