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.
“Gaiman’s tale is inventive, scary, thrilling and finally affirmative. Readers young and old will find something to startle them.”
-Washington Post Book World
“Coraline is 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.”
-New York Times Book Review
“A magnificently creepy story…Coraline is spot on.”
-Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“Gaiman’s pacing is superb, and he steers the tension of the tale with a deft and practiced narrative touch.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, rise to your feet and applaud: Coraline is the real thing.”
-Philip Pullman, The Guardian
“The most splendidly original, weird, and frightening book I have read, and yet full of things children will love.”
-Diana Wynne Jones
“It has the delicate horror of the finest fairy tales, and it is a masterpiece.”
“An electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“ Walk through the door and you’ll believe in love, magic, and the power of good over evil.”
“So wonderfully whimsical that readers of all ages will hungrily devour itCoraline is destined to become a classic.
-Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“Chilly, finely-wrought prose, a truly weird setting and a fable that taps into our most uncomfortable fears.”
-Times Educational Supplement
“A deliciously scary book that we loved reading together as a family.”
-Orson Scott Card
“Beautifully spooky. Gaiman actually seems to understand the way children think. ”
-Christian Science Monitor
“A truly creepy tale. Beware those button eyes!”
-Family Fun Magazine