Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Another great fantasy by Neil Gaiman!
Coraline is about a young girl who finds a pathway to another version of her house, where her Other-Mother is mean and manipulative, and wants nothing more than to keep Coraline with her forever, going so far as kidnapping her real parents. Coraline must save her parents and escape back to her world or be stuck with her Other Parents in this distorted world forever.
What I loved most about this book was Coraline herself, and the message at the heart of the story: bravery is not the lack of fear, it’s being afraid of something, but still doing it anyway. I think that’s a really beautiful outlook and interpretation of bravery, and as a Gryffindor, I took it straight to heart.
Coraline is an adventurer, she’s imaginative, and very much how I pictured myself when I was younger.
It’s a quick read, but magical and scary and beautiful all at once. There are talking cats and mice that do circus tricks, passageways through worlds and evil people with buttons instead of eyes. It’s creepy and dark and delightful for all ages.