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Coraline Lesson Plan

Introduction to Coraline

Coraline is the first children's novella by British fantasy writer Neil Gaiman. The novel takes its name from the story's young, female protagonist. After moving to a new home, Coraline acquaints herself with her eccentric neighbors and explores her surroundings. One day, Coraline observes a strange door in her apartment that appears to lead to a bricked-up passageway. Later, Coraline unlocks the door and realizes that the bricks have disappeared. Inside the corridor is a sinister world that mirrors her own. She encounters her "Other Mother" and "Other Father," who want Coraline to replace her eyes with black buttons in order to keep her with them forever. Coraline must face her fears...

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