Coraline: Recommended Readalikes

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Horrific, deformed monsters are imitating friends and family. Souls are being devoured and trapped in the eternal unrest of the afterlife. Women with rusty sewing needles for fingers and sentient doppelgänger dolls are working to replace eyes with plastic buttons. When Neil Gaiman decided to pitch his horrifying idea to his agent, Merrilee Heifetz, they chose a litmus test. If her daughters Emily and Morgan could make it through the book without being traumatized, it would be approved for the younger audience. There was just one problem: Emily and Morgan were more than willing to lie to finish the book. Young readers willing to lie to their parents about how they aren’t scared might enjoy the following books:

Teens and adults feeling brave might try some of these titles:

Looking for more horrific recommendations? Check in on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #PGCMLSBookChat to get more titles for your To Be Read list.

This blog is created by Hannah and Ella in conjunction with the These Books Made Me podcast, a Prince George’s County Memorial Library System production. Check out the corresponding episode on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you normally listen to podcasts.

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