Article Title



Karen Abbott


Outstanding, Primary, Intermediate, Explore, Curiosity, Mystery, Ghosts, Monster, Spooky, Scary, Creepy, Courage, Witty

Document Type

Book Review


Coraline is an explorer, so of course a locked door needs to be investigated, especially when it opens in the wee hours of night and appears to have lost its protective brick facade. Although she has been warned by tea leaves and given a protective amulet by her doughty old neighbors, Coraline sets off to explore the forbidden passageway. She finds her "other" mother who wants to keep Coraline and feed from her energy until she withers to a wisp of a ghost, like former victims who live sequestered in a closet. To escape, Coraline must rescue herself, her parents, and the imprisoned spirit children.