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.
Praises & Awards
Washington Post Book World
“Gaiman’s tale is inventive, scary, thrilling and finally affirmative. Readers young and old will find something to startle them.”
San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
“Coraline is by turns creepy and funny, bittersweet and playful…can be read quickly and enjoyed deeply.”
New York Times Book Review
“A modern ghost story with all the creepy trimmings…Well done.”
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“A magnificently creepy story…Coraline is spot on.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Gaiman’s pacing is superb, and he steers the tension of the tale with a deft and practiced narrative touch.”
Philip Pullman, The Guardian
“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, rise to your feet and applaud: Coraline is the real thing.”
Diana Wynne Jones
“The most splendidly original, weird, and frightening book I have read, and yet full of things children will love.”
“It has the delicate horror of the finest fairy tales, and it is a masterpiece.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons.”
“ Walk through the door and you’ll believe in love, magic, and the power of good over evil.”
Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“So wonderfully whimsical that readers of all ages will hungrily devour itCoraline is destined to become a classic.
Times Educational Supplement
“Chilly, finely-wrought prose, a truly weird setting and a fable that taps into our most uncomfortable fears.”
Orson Scott Card
“A deliciously scary book that we loved reading together as a family.”
Christian Science Monitor
“Beautifully spooky. Gaiman actually seems to understand the way children think. ”
Family Fun Magazine
“A truly creepy tale. Beware those button eyes!”
IRA/CBC Children's Choice
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Masterlist (Vermont)
Amazon.com Editors' Pick
Publishers Weekly Best Book
Hugo Award for Best Novella
Book Sense Pick
New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age
ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults
ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
New York Public Library's "One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing"
Bulletin Blue Ribbon (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)
Child Magazine Best Book
ALA Notable Children's Book
How did you think up the name “Coraline”?
I was typing “Caroline” and it was coming out wrong. Larry Niven, the science fiction author, said in an essay that writers should treasure their typing mistakes. Once I typed it, I knew it was somebody’s name, and I wanted to know what happened to her. I recently discovered it was actually a real name, although it’s not been used much in English-speaking countries for a long time. And, at the turn of the century, it was a name for a brand of corset.
On Sale: 04/05/2004
4.188 in (w) x 6.750 in (h) x 0.560 in (d)
List Price 9.99 CAD
BISAC1: JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents
BISAC2: JUVENILE FICTION / Horror & Ghost Stories
BISAC3: JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic