Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline is a somewhat neglected little girl whose parents work at home, but are to busy to pay attention to her. They have moved into a new house where there is a mysterious door that seems to lead to nowhere, but in the middle of the night leads to another world which contains her other mother and other father. It seems nice, but there are sinister things afoot.
I will note that I saw the movie before I ever read the book, and so the plot did not come as much of a surprise. This also meant that, in my mind's eye, I was viewing the characters as they were portrayed in the movie instead of something unique that my mind thought up.
I liked this story; I thought it was perhaps somewhat creepy, but that was to be expected from the premise. It's not so spooky that it should not be read by kids, but there is definitely a sinister element to it although I think the movie portrays that part better than the book.
Coraline goes through various quests because the other mother wants to keep her from in this world that the other mother has created. There is a moral to this that you should not neglect your kids, and that getting everything you want is not a good thing for kids.
I would consider this to be a middle grade read rather than a pure YA.
Star Rating: 3.0/5.0
For an explanation of the Star Rating go here.
This is one of the books I've read and reviewed for the fantasy mini-challenge. Progress 8/13 books.