By Neil Gaiman


The day after they moved in,
Coraline went exploring....

In Coraline's family's 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 it's 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 there's 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 herself.

Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Neil Gaiman will delight readers with his first novel for all ages.

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.”

Terry Pratchett

“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.”

USA Today

“ 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) 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

From Neil

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.

Product Details

ISBN: 9780380977789

ISBN10: 0380977788

Imprint: HarperCollins

On Sale: 02/07/2002

5.500 in (w) x 8.250 in (h) x 0.690 in (d)

Pages: 176

List Price 21.00 CAD


BISAC2: JUVENILE FICTION / Horror & Ghost Stories