Coraline by Neil Gaiman (year 5 class pack, 30 copies)

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When Coraline moves to a new house she is fascinated by the fact that their house is in fact only half a house. Divided into flats years before, the other flat, it soon becomes clear to Coraline, is not quite as cosy and safe as her own.

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Neil Gaiman interviewed by Nikki Gamble

Neil Gaiman has had a varied writing career that has seen him move from award-winning comic writer to bestselling novelist. He is the author of 'Coraline' 'The Wolves in the Walls', The Graveyard Book and 'Fortunately the Milk'  all published by Bloomsbury.  In the early 90s, Gaiman was the creator / writer of monthly cult DC Comics horror series Sandman which until its last issue #75 was awarded numerous acco- lades and topped the comic bestsellers list. Sandman was also the first comic to ever receive a literary award. The collection has sold several million copies in hardback and paperback. Gaiman's short stories, in prose and poetry have won a variety of Fantasy Horror awards including the International Horror Critics' Award for Best Collection which went to Troll Bridge in 1994.Gaiman has worked with a variety of people on a variety of projects including sharing authorship on adult titles with Terry Pratchett and being included on the singer Tori Amos's debut album. His body of work has appeared in translation in countries as diverse as Israel and Poland and he has won recognition overseas for both his comic writing and his novels. 

In this interview, Neil Gaiman talks to Nikki Gamble about 'Coraline;, 'The Wolves in the Walls' fear, bravery and the point of horror for children.

Writers frequently talk about the importance of finding the right voice for their work. Your books have a distinctive storyteller’s voice, which I’m guessing comes from having stories read to you when you were younger. Is finding the right voice effortless or does it take a lot of work?

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Coraline discussion guide



Author: Neil Gaiman

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Suggested year group: 5


There is something strange about Coraline's new home. It's not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves. It's the other house - the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black-button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them there. And they want her to stay with them. For ever. She knows that if she ventures through that door, she may never come back.

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