“You don't get explanations in real life. You just get moments that are absolutely, utterly, inexplicably odd.” -Neil Gaiman
CORALINE (William Morrow, MG) is the first Neil Gaiman book I read. The book is about a girl named Coraline who moves into a new apartment. One day she discovers a world in the neighboring apartment that strangely parallels what is in her own home-including the other mother and other father, who resemble her own parents, even though these other parents have buttons as eyes and paper white skin. The other parents ask Coraline to join their home permanently where she can always enjoy their good food (better than what she gets at home) and other luxuries. It's implied they might have to physically mutilate her if she were to become one of them. Coraline wisely rejects the invitation.
In the story, Coraline remembers how her father once allowed himself to be stung by a swarm of wasps in order to save her from the predicament. She knows her parents love her. The book is about a child's faith in the love her real parents have for her, and this faith empowers her to reject the more glamorous but dark world the fake parents offer her.
Have you read CORALINE? Have you ever rejected acceptance?