Annal: 2002 Bram Stoker Award for Work for Young Readers

Results of the Bram Stoker Award in the year 2002.

Book:Coraline

Coraline

Neil Gaiman

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring….

In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it’s different.

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change…[more]

Book:Abarat: Part 1. Abarat

Abarat: Part 1. Abarat

Clive Barker

It begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown, U.S.A. Candy Quackenbush lives in Chickentown, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold.

When the answer comes, it’s not one she expects. Out of nowhere comes a wave, and Candy, led by a man called John Mischief (whose brothers live on the horns on his head), leaps into the surging waters and is carried away.

Where? To the ABARAT: a vast archipelago where every island is a different hour of the day, from the Great Head that sits in the mysterious twilight waters of Eight in the Evening, to the sunlit wonders of Three in the Afternoon, where dragons roam, to the dark terrors of Gorgossium, the island of Midnight, ruled over by the Prince of Midnight himself, Christopher Carrion.

As Candy journeys from one amazing place to another, making fast friends and encountering treacherous foes—mechanical…[more]

Book:Abu and the 7 Marvels

Abu and the 7 Marvels

Richard Matheson, William Stout

From the land of genies and their magical feats comes this enchanting twist on the traditional quest tale. Abu, a young peasant, sets off with the most ancient genie in his country’s domain in search of the seven marvels of the world in order to prove himself worthy of the hand of a beautiful princess. With cunningly crafted prose, gorgeous illustrations, and unique characters, this novel reveals itself to be no ordinary genie tale. From an unraveling flying carpet and ever-encroaching henchmen to a land made of sweets and a city under the sea, this tale takes readers on a daring journey of true love, bravery, glittering treasure, and intrigue.

Book:Cat in Glass and Other Tales of the Unnatural

Cat in Glass and Other Tales of the Unnatural

Nancy Etchemendy

From the first two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award in the children’s category come this gripping collection of eight tales of the weird and otherworldly. In the title story, madness awaits inside a statue created by an insane dying artist. “The Lily and the Weaver’s Heart” is a tale of a courageous one-eyed village girl who makes a life for herself and her young love, a one-legged cobbler, by selling her weavings and taking his place in a time-honored courting ritual in which young village men set out on a weeklong hunt for a rare lily for their future spouses. In “Lunch at Etienne’s,” a brief, chilling tale of nuclear winter, a woman continues her weekly luncheon dates until she realizes she’s the only diner speaking. In “The Flat-Brimmed Hat,” a teenage girl’s attempted suicide is thwarted by a visit from her older, wiser, happier self.

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