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Great Book! M.B
on January 9, 2004
I recently read Coraline, by award-winning author, Neil Gaiman. Some of his books include American Gods, The Wolves in the Walls, and Endless Nights. Like most of his books, this one is directed to children and young adults. This is a fiction book with many themes; love, hate, curiosity, and many more.
Coraline and her family just moved out of their home and into a new flat, a one story apartment. This flat was very big, and had twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. She knew this becuase, just as anyone would do, she went exploring around the building; she saw the tennis courts, the mysterious black cat that belonged to the people upstairs, and the courtyards. She found the place to be quite boring, being the only child there. Nothing really caught her interest except the fourteenth door door, because unlike all the other, it was locked. She vigorously and determinately opened it. On the other side of the door was a brick wall. What she didnt know was that the wall was a passage way to another world, another dimension- another flat just like the one she moved into. Only it was different. In the beginning, life in the new flat was fascinating. Captivating memorabilia, better food, toy boxes that were filled to the top, new books, everything- until she came across a man and woman. Now they want Coraline to be the child they never had. She explains to them that it's a mistake and that she must return home, to her real parents. But they won't let her go. There are other children ensnared in the flat as well. They are lost souls stuck in the mirrors. Coraline is the only one who can save them. Now she must fight to save the children, and to get her life back...
This is an excellent book for anyone interested in a cone-chilling mystery/horror. It teaches significant lessons about life without directly coming out and saying it.Its a wonderful story.