By Neil Gaiman (Reader), Dave McKean (Illustrator)
Harper Audio - June 18, 2002
ISBN: 0060504544 - Unabridged Audio Cassette
Teen / Young Adult
Fiction / Fantasy

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks, MyShelf.Com
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Kids, are you looking for a tale to put you on the edge of your seat? Well, Coraline will do just that.

Coraline and her parents have moved to a new flat in a very large house. Others live in the big house as well. There are two retired actresses and old man who talks to mice and swears they talk to him. Coraline doesn't feel her neighbors pay attention to her because they keep calling her Caroline instead of Coraline.

In the sunshine Coraline explores her new surroundings, but when the rain comes, she is forced inside and left to entertain herself because mum and dad are busy. It isn't long before Coraline notices that there are one too many doors in her new home and although her mum has shown her the brick wall behind the extra door, Coraline ends up on the other side.

Here she finds a flat similar to hers, yet different. Her other parents are pale with long fingers and black button eyes. There is a talking cat, talking dogs and ghosts of children, too. At first, Coraline likes the other parents, because they play with her and cook food she likes, but not all is as it seems. To get something one must make sacrifices, and here is where Coraline will learn the truth about love and loyalty as she is forced to search for an inner strength to match wits against a darkness meant to destroy her.

"Coraline" is full of eerie voices, shadowy characters and spine-tingling descriptions. The secondary characters stretch the imagination in a plot that tests the mind. The dark, peculiar tale is lead by an unforgettable girl who discovers that what one wishes for isn't necessarily want one needs.

The author, Neil Gaiman, reads the audio version. His British voice lends to the eeriness, along with chanting voices and original music, givng the tale a bone-chilling effect. It's to bad the book and audio are not sold as a set, because they would greatly complement each other.

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