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In Coralines familys 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 its 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, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But theres 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 and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 134 x 200 x 12mm | 117.93g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperPerennial
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0061139378
  • 9780061139376
  • 95,996

Back cover copy

In Coraline's family's new flat there's a locked door. On the other side is a brick wall--until Coraline unlocks the door . . . and finds a passage to another flat in another house just like her own. Only different. The food is better there. Books have pictures that writhe and crawl and shimmer. And there's another mother and father there who want Coraline to be their little girl. They want to change her and keep her with them. . . . Forever. Coraline is an extraordinary fairy tale/nightmare from the uniquely skewed imagination of #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil more

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329,248 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
5 37% (121,856)
4 37% (121,130)
3 20% (64,916)
2 4% (14,554)
1 2% (6,792)

Our customer reviews

I originally reviewed it here: "We... We could be friends, you know," said Coraline. "We could be rare specimens of an exotic breed of African dancing elephants," said the cat. "But we're not. At least," it added cattily, after darting a brief look at Coraline, "I'm not." (I love this Cat!) What can I say about Coraline? (wow..I'm calling her Caroline in my head..weird. Sorry, Coraline:)) It seems like everyone read it or know what this book is about, or at least watched a 2009 American stop-motion 3D horror/fantasy film (thanks, Wiki) based on it. I'll just say: haven't read it yet? READ IT! It's creepy, but spellbinding at the same time, funny, but thoughts provoking and serious. Gaiman's humour is SO witty, I laughed a lot (despite whole horror theme). And his writing..OMG! May I say this book is theatrical? (in a good way, like it was written to become a movie one day). And what I liked the most - Discriptions are brilliant! I can easily imagine everything from snowball to the well in the grass. Sometimes like a short glimpse of picture, but most of the time (^o^) AMAZINESS! O.K., I'll stop here. Just read this BOOK if you haven't yet and... Happy readings!!!show more
by Anna Iliashuk
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