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Coraline



Last updated Monday, August 6, 2012

Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Dave McKean
Date of Publication: 2002
ISBN: 0380977788
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Aug. 2012

Synopsis: The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring.... 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. Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Neil Gaiman will delight readers with his first novel for all ages.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you ever feel like your parents or teachers aren't listening to you?
•  Have you seen the movie?
•  What do you do when you're bored? Do you go on any adventures?

Vocabulary
•  Trod: walked
•  Pester: to bother
•  Scuttle: run quickly
•  Distorted: twisted and deformed
•  Frenzied: wildly excited
•  Burrowing: making a hole or tunnel

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What do you think will happen to Coraline and the "other world"?
•  What is different about the real world and the world behind the door?
•  If you could create a whole new world, what would it be like?

Craft ideas:
•  Paper bag puppets with button eyes.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!