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Coraline by Neil Gaiman
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Coraline lives with her parents in part of a really large house. Usually outside exploring the property grounds, the readers see Coraline stuck inside due to the rain. Instead, Coraline decides to count everything in the house, including doors. She comes across a door that is usually blocked, and her curiousity leads her to open the door. This leads her to a new world. On the other side of the door is a world that mirrors her current life, but it is strangely distorted. This new world has everything that Coraline ever wanted- people who pronounce her name correctly, her favorite food, a bedroom painted in her favorite colors, and even parents (other mother, and other father). Her "Other" parents are exact replicas of her real parents but with big shiny black eyes and skin the color of paper. The illustrations make her other parents, as well a Coraline look even creepier than they sound. These parents make it their mission to keep her on this side of the door. Coraline finds herself in a battle with her other mother to save herself and the live of "others".

This is a graphic novel that I would have in my classroom library and recommend to students who are interested in fantasy and science fiction.

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