Gaiman, N., & McKean, D. (2012). Coraline. New York, NY: HarperCollins.
I specifically read the tenth anniversary edition of this book, it features a special forward by Neil Gaiman that discusses his inspiration for the book and a bit about the movie. This is a great story for tweens and is very popular the movie is also quite popular as is the graphic novel version of the book. I have not yet read the graphic novel but I have also seen the movie and I have to say I think the book is a lot creepier than the movie. In the movie Coraline has her friend Wybie in the other world with her in the book she is facing the other mother pretty much on her own though she does still get a little help from the cat. It is really interesting to see how Coraline from the book compares to her movie self and it would be a fun tween event to have patrons read the book then come watch the movie and discuss the differences. Both versions of Coraline are great which makes this a particularly fun activity.
Coraline is listed on Barnes and Nobel as being for tweens age 8-12, there may be a few younger tweens that find the story a bit too scary but I think most will enjoy the story. In the story Coraline discovers a door to an other world. At first it seems wonderful though Coraline quickly notices some things are a bit off. She decides not to go back to the other world but is forced to when her parents fail to come home. She tries to tell her neighbors but they are no help so she goes back to the other world to save them herself. When she confronts the other mother she is thrown into a dark closet for a time out where she meets the spirits of the previous children the other mother has trapped. They tell her to challenge the other mother to a game to find their souls and save her parents. She is able to find the souls save her parents and just barely escapes back into her own home. The story has some very intense moments and some very creepy aspects of the story but overall is very inspiring due to Coraline’s bravery. There is a great scene in the book where Coraline is talking to her father about bravery and how bravery comes from being afraid of something and doing it anyway. This is a great and inspiring story that is well loved by tweens, one ten year old reader on commonsensemedia.com said “I luv this. I recently checked it out of my local library. Coraline is pretty much a good role model since she goes through anything and everything to save her parents” (Kid, 2011). Overall this is a great book for readers looking for something scary that isn’t violent and bloody. It is great for fans of Gaiman’s other scary stories and those who like goosebumps and other tween horror series.
Member reviews for Coraline. (2011, June 5). Retrieved May 11, 2015, from https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/coraline/user-reviews/kids