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Coraline by Neil Gaiman-Tween/Teen

Rating: 3/5 Stars

About the Book: Coraline is having a boring Summer. Her family has recently moved into a large house where the occupy one of the floors. Her neighbors are interesting, but a little strange, and Coraline finds herself getting more and more bored as Summer draws on. One day, while searching through the house, Coraline discovers a locked door. When she asks her mother about it, she finds it actually leads to nowhere and opens it to see a brick wall blocking the way. But later that night, Coraline is awake and hears noises coming from the doorway. This time it's not blocked and Coraline finds herself in another world. At first this new world is exciting and interesting. None of her father's strange cooking experiments and everyone calls her by the correct name-no more Caroline. She even has an other mother and other father on the other side-even if they are not quite the same as her real parents and have buttons for eyes. When Coraline tries to go back to her real world, her other mother is not happy. Coraline makes her way only to find her real parents kidnapped. Coraline must travel back to the strange other side, where she make a deal with her other mother to set her parents free. Before that can happen, Coraline has to find all the souls of the children the other mother has lured to the other side. Coraline is in for an adventure and the other mother wants to be sure Coraline fails.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: If you like scary or creepy stories, this is one to check out. It's a very short chapter book that's for children, but is great for teens and adults as well. I'm a scaredy cat of the biggest kind and wasn't totally creeped out by Coraline's story, so it is a great read, even if you're not a scary story fan. This is also a book to be keeping on your radar as an animated 3-D movie will be coming out soon with Dakota Fanning as the voice of Coraline.

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