Book Reviews

Genre: horror, fantasy fiction

Key Stage:  KS3+

Rating: ★★★ ★ ★

Coraline and Other Stories, Neil Gaiman

Coraline belongs in the same questioning, curious world as Alice in Wonderland. They’re both astoundingly logical and down-to-earth for children and simply accept unusual possibilities- for Alice, the mysteries of Wonderland and its inhabitants, and Coraline- the world beyond the bricked door.

As Coraline moves in and explores her new flat, she meets her Other Mother and a life far beyond perfection, Coraline is trapped between uncertain choices and finding her true family and life. Aided by the black Cat, she must play a game that will forge her future- and outwit her Other Mother- to escape.

Neil Gaiman’s other stories feature a tale of the Rogue’s Club and Ponti Bridge, a warm yet chilling October ghost story, and many more. Full of unanswered questions, dark hints and beautifully woven like a spider’s web, this collection of stories never disappoints.

Reviewer:  Muslimah Mirzababaeva, Year 7

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