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ISBN13: 9780439531641
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"You were just three years old, Meggie," Mo began. "I remember how we celebrated your birthday. We gave you a picture book ? you know, the one about the sea serpent with a toothache winding itself around the lighthouse. . . "

Meggie nodded. It was still in her book box ? Mo had twice given it a new dress. "We?" she asked.

"Your mother and I . . ." Mo picked some straw off his pants. "I could never pass by a bookshop. The house where we lived was very small ? we called it our shoebox, our mouse-hole, we had all sorts of names for it ? and that very day I'd bought yet another crate full of books from a second-hand bookseller. Elinor would have liked some of them," he added, glancing at her and smiling. "Capricorn's book was there too."

"You mean it belonged to him?" Meggie looked at Mo in surprise, but he shook his head.

"No, but . . .well, let's take it all in order. Your mother sighed when she saw all those new books and asked where we were going to put them, but then of course she helped me to unpack the crate. I always used to read aloud to her in the evenings -"

"You? You read aloud?"

"Yes, every evening. Your mother enjoyed it. That evening she chose Inkheart. She always did like tales of adventure ? stories full of brightness and darkness. She could tell you the names of all King Arthur's knights, and she knew everything about Beowulf and Grendel, the ancient gods and the not-quite-so-ancient heroes. She liked pirate stories, too, but most of all she loved books that had at least a knight or a dragon or a fairy in them. She was always on the dragon's side, by the way. There didn't seem to be any of them in Inkheart, but there was any amount of brightness and darkness, fairies and goblins. Your mother liked goblins as well: hobgoblins, bugaboos, the Fenoderee, the folletti with their butterfly wings, she knew them all. So we gave you a pile of picture books, sat down on the rug beside you, and I began to read."

Meggie leaned her head against Mo's shoulder and stared at the empty wall. She saw herself against its dirty white background as she had looked in old photos: small, with plump legs, very fair hair (it had darkened a little since then), her little fingers turning the pages of big picture books.

"We enjoyed the story," her father went on, "It was exciting, well written, and full of all sorts of amazing creatures. Your mother loved a book to lead her into an unknown land, and the world in to which Inkheart led her was exactly what she liked. Sometimes the story took a very dark turn, and whenever the suspense got too much, your mother put a finger to her lips, and I read more quietly, although we were sure you were too busy with your own books to listen to a sinister story that you wouldn't have understood anyway. I remember it as if it were yesterday. Night had fallen long ago; it was autumn, with drafts coming in through the windows. We had lit a fire ? there was no central heating in our shoebox of a house, but it had a stove in every room ? and I began reading the seventh chapter. That's when it happened ?"

Mo stopped. He stared ahead of him as if lost in his own thoughts.

"What?" whispered Meggie. "What happened, Mo?"

Her father looked at her. "They came out," he said.

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minstrel_girl, April 18, 2008 (view all comments by minstrel_girl)
I absolutly love Inkheart! I like Inkspell a little more though!
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This delightful storytale with magic, adventure, family, love, and just plain fun is definitly a must read!Cornelia Funke captures the true meaning of a fairytale. I have become obsessed with tales of magic and any book written by her since reading this truly wonderful book.
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Freitasgirl, December 24, 2006 (view all comments by Freitasgirl)
What a delightful read. The unique characters of the book literally come to life, and forever hold your heart. The book is well detailed, and includes adventure, good versus evil, and the power of family.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439531641
Author:
Funke, Cornelia
Publisher:
Chicken House
Author:
D'Andrade, Hugh
Author:
Jeschonek, Robert T.
Author:
Gidwitz, Adam
Author:
Catmull, Katherine
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Books and reading
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Characters and characteristics in literature
Subject:
Bookbinding
Subject:
Characters in literature
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
Animals - Birds
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Inkheart Trilogy
Series Volume:
107-14
Publication Date:
October 2003
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.75 x 6 in
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 384 pages Chicken House - English 9780439531641 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Review" by , "[A] delectably thick and transfixing fantasy....[T]he characters are wonderfully complex....Funke once again proves the power of her imagination; readers will be captivated by the chilling and thrilling world she has created here."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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?
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

"Synopsis" by ,
More Grimm tales await in the harrowing, hilarious companion to a beloved new classic

Take caution ahead--

Oversize plant life, eerie amphibious royalty, and fear-inducing creatures abound.

Lest you enter with dread.

Follow Jack and Jill as they enter startling new landscapes that may (or may not) be scary, bloody, terrifying, and altogether true.

Step lively, dear reader . . .

Happily ever after isn't cutting it anymore.

In this companion novel to Adam Gidwitz's widely acclaimed, award-winning debut, A Tale Dark & Grimm, Jack and Jill explore a new set of tales from the Brothers Grimm and others, including Jack and the Beanstalk and The Frog Prince.

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