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Coraline

AR: 5.1
Lexile: 740
RC:
by Neil Gaiman     Illus. by Dave McKean
Normal-length Picture Book
Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Coraline (not Caroline) just moved into a new apartment with her loving but self-absorbed parents. In the parlor, there is a door with a brick wall behind it but one night she sees a rat go through the doorway and when she wakes the next morning, she discovers that there is now a hallway there. She goes through the hallway and finds herself in the "other" apartment, with "other" parents and "other" neighbors. The next thing you know, her real parents are missing...

If you are into scary stories, you need try this one. It's not jump-out-at-you scary. It's more like okay-that's-weird creepy, especially at the end. I am a big fan of the author. He used to write a comic book for grown-ups called "The Sandman" about this guy who visited people's dreams. He's got a really wild imagination, as you will see when you read this book. I highly recommend it... but don't blame me if you have nightmares!

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(Last modified:08/24/2007)

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