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Coraline by Neil Gaiman
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Feb 16, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: ya-lit-2012, ya-lit

Coraline and her parents live in a flat (apartment) that has converted from an old house. The house has 4 units: Coraline's, another with a pair of old, unmarried women who were famous performers in their prime, a third with an elderly man who trains mice to sing, and a fourth that is identical to Coraline's but is vacant. When Coraline finds the key to the vacant flat, she realizes that things are not always what they seem. Through the door the "other" flat the black cat can and things get weirder and scarier for there.

Rating: 4 out of 5
Neil Gaiman creates a wonderfully weird world in this book. I enjoy his adult fantasy/ supernatural books, and while Coraline's storyline was a lot more simplistic than his other work, the world is creates for the young adult reader is still very compelling and eerie.

Coraline~ only child, bored a lot
Coraline's mother and father
Miss Spink & Miss Forcible~ neighbors with lots of dogs and stories
Mr. Bobo~ neighbor with mice that perform
Black Cat~ talks in the other world and ignores people in this world
The "others"

Keywords: Supernatural/Fantasy; Only children; British

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