By Richard Peck

ISBN-10: 0142300705

ISBN-13: 9780142300701

Mary Alice's formative years summers in Grandma Dowdel's sleepy Illinois city have been jam-packed with adequate drama to fill the double invoice of any photo convey. yet now she is fifteen, and faces a complete lengthy yr with Grandma, a lady renowned for shaking up her neighbors-and each person else! All Mary Alice can comprehend for sure is that this: whilst attempting to expect how lifestyles with Grandma could end up . . . greater now not. This wry, pleasant sequel to the Newbery Honor ebook A good distance from Chicago has already taken its position one of the classics of children's literature.

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Coraline’s mother looked in the fridge and found a sad little tomato and a piece of cheese 22 coraline_E 6/11/02 4:18 PM Page 23 with green stuff growing on it. There was only a crust in the bread bin. “I’d better dash down to the shops and get some fish fingers or something,” said her mother. ” “No,” said Coraline. Then she came back and got her purse and car keys and went out again. Coraline was bored. She flipped through a book her mother was reading about native people in a distant country; how every day they would take pieces of white silk and draw on them in wax, then dip the silks in dye, then draw on them more in wax and dye them some more, then boil the wax out in hot water, and then finally, throw the now-beautiful cloths on a fire and burn them to ashes.

Coraline got out of bed. ” The cat yawned, which made its eyes flash green. ” The cat blinked at her, slowly. ” The cat blinked again. Coraline decided that that was indeed a yes. ” The cat stared at her. Then it walked out into the hall. She followed it. It walked the length of the corridor and stopped down at the very end, where a full-length mirror 50 coraline_E 6/11/02 4:18 PM Page 51 hung. The mirror had been, a long time before, the inside of a wardrobe door. It had been hanging there on the wall when they moved in, and, although Coraline’s mother had spoken occasionally of replacing it with something newer, she never had.

In danger? thought Coraline to herself. It sounded exciting. It didn’t sound like a bad thing. Not really. Coraline went back upstairs, her fist closed tightly around her new stone. 19 coraline_E 6/11/02 4:18 PM Page 20 coraline_E 6/11/02 4:18 PM Page 21 III. T sun shone, and Coraline’s mother took her into the nearest large town to buy clothes for school. They dropped her father off at the railway station. He was going into London for the day to see some people. Coraline waved him good-bye. They went to the department store to buy the school clothes.

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