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Inkheartby Cornelia Funke
A Junior Library Guild selection.
Meggie loves books more than just about anything. Her father, Mo, is a book binder and introduced her to reading at an early age; now she has a shoe box filled with her special books (so that she can grab them at a moment's notice). Meggie soon comes to the realization that Mo has not been telling her the truth about her mother's disappearance. First, there are the strange things that happen when Mo reads out loud from the book "Inkheart" the evil character Capricorn and her mom's disappearance all seem tied together. When Capricorn arrives a second time and kidnaps Mo, the mystery begins to unfold. With the help of her Aunt, she has to figure out a way to save her family from being trapped for all time as Capricorn's prisoners.
This book is so much bigger than just a story within a story. It speaks to the love of literature and the worlds that are opened with the crack of a spine. And, it introduces a wealth of other books with new vistas and reading adventures.
Synopses & Reviews
Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when someone reads a book with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world.
Now imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.
One cruel night, young Meggie's father, Mo, reads aloud from Inkheart and an evil ruler named Capricorn escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books.
Somehow, Meggie and Mo must learn to harness the magic that conjured this nightmare. Somehow they must change the course of the story that has changed their lives forever.
This is Inkheart, a timeless tale about books, about imagination, about life.
"[A] delectably thick and transfixing fantasy....
"Master translator Bell takes the German text and spins out of it vivid images and heart-stopping language that impel the reader through this adventure about narratives — a true feast for anyone who has ever been lost in a book." Kirkus Reviews
"Like many other fantasies, this will appeal to a broad age range, though the writing is far less child-centered than it is, for example, in the Harry Potter series." Carolyn Phelan, Booklist
"Characters from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy....This 'story within a story' will delight not just fantasy fans, but all readers who like an exciting plot with larger-than-life characters." School Library Journal
One cruel night, young Meggie's father, Mo, reads aloud from Inkheart and an evil ruler named Capricorn escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Somehow, Meggie and Mo must learn to harness the magic that conjured this nightmare. Somehow they must change the course of the story that has changed their lives forever. This is Inkheart, a timeless tale about books, about imagination, about life. Dare to read it aloud.
Meggie lives a quiet life with her father, a bookbinder. But her father has a deep secret — he possesses an extraordinary magical power. When a mysterious stranger arrives, Meggie is plunged into intrigue as her father's life is put in danger.
Cornelia Funke, the enormously talented author of the international best-seller THE THIEF LORD, brings readers another spellbinding tale of adventure and magic. Meggie lives a quiet life alone with her father, a book-binder. But her father has a deep secret-- he posseses an extraordinary magical power. One day a mysterious stranger arrives who seems linked to her father's past. Who is this sinister character and what does he want? Suddenly Meggie is involved in a breathless game of escape and intrigue as her father's life is put in danger. Will she be able to save him in time?
In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.
Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.
Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his familys spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Librarys service.
When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.
An enchanting--and twisted--tale of two sisters' quest to find their parents
When their parents disappear in the middle of the night, young sisters Summer and Bird set off on a quest to find them. A cryptic picture message from their mother leads them to a familiar gate in the woods, but comfortable sights quickly give way to a new world entirely--Down--one inhabited by talking birds and the evil Puppeteer queen. Summer and Bird are quickly separated, and their divided hearts lead them each in a very different direction in the quest to find their parents, vanquish the Puppeteer, lead the birds back to their Green Home, and discover the identity of the true bird queen.
With breathtaking language and deliciously inventive details, Katherine Catmull has created a world unlike any other, skillfully blurring the lines between magic and reality and bringing to life a completely authentic cast of characters and creatures.
About the Author
Cornelia Funke is a bestselling author and the third most popular children's book writer in Germany after J.K. Rowling and R.L. Stine. Her first book, The Thief Lord, has won several European children's literature awards, including the Zurich Childrens Book Award (2000) and the Children's Book Award from the Vienna House of Literature (2001).
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