Book Review: Coraline



Ages 10 to 15

I was ten years old when I first read Coraline, and I can still remember thinking that it was the most terrifying book I had ever read– and I was a big fan of the macabre. Coraline is a blood-chilling tale for all ages about a young girl who moves into a spooky old house. But there is something far more horrifying than a ghost that haunts her new home. Behind one of the doors is a passageway to another world, a twisted copy of the one Coraline left. There waits her other mother, who looks just like her real mother, only her eyes are buttons and her hair waves around her face like snakes. She wants to keep Coraline as her little girl forever, and it will take all of Coraline’s wit and courage to save the ones she loves and escape from the world behind the door.

Coraline was the winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novella, and was so popular that it was later adapted into a stop-motion Tim Burton film reminiscent of The Nightmare Before Christmas. This is the perfect book for anyone who loves a scary story, and wants to be thrilled and chilled as they sit warm in bed and the wind howls outside.

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