By Neil Gaiman
Illustrations by Dave McKean
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(From the publisher) In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.
The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.
Only it's different.
At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there's another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.
Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.
About the author
Neil Gaiman is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the novels American Gods, Neverwhere, Stardust (winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award as one of 2000's Top Ten Adult Novels for Young Adults), the short fiction collection Smoke and Mirrors, and the children's picture book The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish (illustrated by Dave McKean). He is the author of the Sandman series of graphic novels. Among his many awards are the World Fantasy Award and the Bram Stoker Award.
Born in England, he now makes his home in America, in a big dark house of uncertain location where he grows exotic pumpkins and accumulates computers and cats. He is currently at work turning his first novel Neverwhere into a film for Jim Henson Films.
About the illustrator
Dave McKean is best known for his work on Neil Gaiman's Sandman series of graphic novels and for his CD covers for musicians from Tori Amos to Alice Cooper. He also illustrated Neil Gaiman's picture book, The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish. He has won many awards for his paintings, photographs, comics and short films, and his work has appeared in the New Yorker.