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ISBN13: 9780439709101
ISBN10: 0439709105
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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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leslieluvzbooks, March 2, 2012 (view all comments by leslieluvzbooks)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found myself compelled at times to read it aloud-- just to see what would happen! Cornelia's descriptions are so clear I could see them in my mind's eye, her plot is sound, and her character developments are absolutely endearing. I almost had to read it all in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down! An enthralling adventure... and this is only the beginning!
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Sandra Morris, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Sandra Morris)
Although this is a childrens book, I found the imagery fascinating. Cornelia Funke is a writer of wonderful books, and this is the first in the series ABOUT books, wizards, witches and more. Scary plots, daring escapes, and magical rescuers turn up in this book. I recommend the whole series!
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Marjorie Woodruff, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Marjorie Woodruff)
This three-book series: Inheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath is excellent. If you are going through Harry Potter withdrawal, you can get a fix with this series.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439709101
Translator:
Bell, Anthea
Publisher:
Scholastic Paperbacks
Translator:
Bell, Anthea
Author:
Funke, Cornelia
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. paperback e
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Inkheart Trilogy
Publication Date:
June 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.25 in
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 560 pages Scholastic Paperbacks - English 9780439709101 Reviews:
"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."
"Review" by , "[A]n astonishing magical world....[A] wonderful coming of age story in which the female protagonist has to find the courage to survive in the magical world in which she found herself."
"Review" by , "Filled with twists and turns, ups and downs, this fantasy will leave you moved..."
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