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Coraline by Neil Gaiman
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When Coraline moves with her parents to a new house she is fascinated by the fact that their 'house' is in fact only half a house! Divided into flats years before, there is a brick wall behind a door where once there was a corridor and one day it is corridor again, down which the intrepid Coarline wanders. And so a nightmare-ish mystery begins that takes Coraline into the arms of counterfeit parents and a life that isn't quite right. Can Coraline get out? Can she find her real parents? Will life ever be the same again?


Winner Best Novella Hugo Award
Winner Best Novella Nebula Award
Winner of British Science Fiction Association Award (Best Short Fiction) 2003.


"Sometimes funny, always creepy, genuinely moving, this marvellous spine-chiller will appeal to readers from nine to ninety." - "Books for Keeps".

"I was looking forward to "Coraline", and I wasn't disappointed. In fact, I was enthralled. This is a marvellously strange and scary book." - Philip Pullman, "Guardian".

"If any writer can get the guys to read about the girls, it should be Neil Gaiman. His new novel "Coraline" is a dreamlike adventure. For all its gripping nightmare imagery, this is actually a conventional fairy story with a moral." - "Daily Telegraph". 

"Coraline's family has just moved into a new flat in what was once a large mansion house. Her neighbours, Miss Forcible and Miss Spink, are about 100 years old and think they can read danger in the tea leaves, and the crazy old man upstairs keeps mice that not only talk to him but are training to become the first ever mouse circus. It's the school holidays, so while the weather is good Coraline explores the enormous garden of her new home, discovering all sorts of nooks and crannies, deserted wells and hidey-holes in her travels. The days pass quickly, but when the weather changes and the rain pours down she is ordered inside and she quickly becomes restless. Counting the number of doors in her new house one day in an effort to relieve her boredom, Coraline discovers a door that won't budge. Her curiosity aroused, she asks her mother to unlock it, only to find a solid brick wall behind the locked door. That night Coraline hears a sound that wakes her from a deep sleep. Following the noise she is led to the same door, but instead of a brick wall she finds a gloomy corridor. Although a little frightened, her curiosity is aroused and before she has time to think, Coraline ventures down the corridor to discover a duplicate world. It's the same flat, but some of the details are just slightly different, and most surprisingly of all, she finds a duplicate mother and father who look the same but are a lot more sinister. This is a scary but riveting story for older children. The imagination it has taken to develop the story line is mind-boggling, and the story is fresh and exciting. Look out for more novels for children by this clever and accomplished author." Ages 10+ (Kirkus UK)

Author Biography

Neil Gaiman is the author of many highly imaginative graphic novels and works of fiction for adults. CORALINE is his first book for children. He began working on CORALINE over ten years ago and he took many breaks during the process. Neil is a British author living and working in Minneapolis, USA. As well as writing books Neil writes screenplays and is working on a film version of CORALINE.
Release date NZ
February 20th, 2003
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
New edition
Heinemann Educational Publishers
Reading Age
From 11 To 99
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