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Cornelia Funke
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4 Aug 2011 Inkheart Trilogy
Meggie loves books. So does her father, Mo, a bookbinder, although he has never read aloud to her since her mother mysteriously disappeared. They live quietly until the night a stranger knocks at their door. He has come with a warning that forces Mo to reveal an extraordinary secret - a storytelling secret that will change their lives for ever.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (4 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908435119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908435118
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cornelia Funke is the hugely successful author of the Inkheart Trilogy, The Thief Lord and a whole host of other popular children's novels and picture books. She was born in 1958 in the German town of Dorsten. After finishing her studies, Cornelia worked for three years as a social worker. For a while she illustrated books, but soon began writing her own stories, inspired by the tales that had appealed to the children she had worked with.
During the late 1980s and the 1990s, she established herself in Germany with two children's series, namely the fantasy-oriented Gespensterjäger (Ghosthunters) and the Wilde Hühner (Wild Chicks) line of books. Her international break-through came with the fantasy novel Dragon Rider (1996), which stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 78 weeks, and was continued with The Thief Lord (2000, translated into English in 2002), which immediately climbed to the #2 position of the New York Times bestseller list, stayed there for 19 weeks and sold 1.5 million copies.
Her follow-up novel was Inkheart (2003), which won the 2004 BookSense Book of the Year Children's Literature award. Inkheart was the first part of a trilogy which continued with Inkspell (2005), which won Cornelia her second BookSense Book of the Year Children's Literature award (2006). The trilogy concluded with Inkdeath (published in Germany in 2007, England in Spring 2008, USA Autumn 2008).
Inkheart the movie was also released in 2008 and starred Brendan Fraser, Helen Mirren and Paul Bettany.

Her brand new novel Reckless is being released worldwide on September 14th 2010.

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Some books are destined to be lifelong treasured possessions. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, the bestselling German author of The Thief Lord, could easily lay claim to being such a book. It is a meaty, magical adventure that oozes a passion for books and the awesome power of words on a page, written by an author who clearly adores stories. Every chapter is introduced by tempting quotations from classic novels that whet your appetite for more and help underline the terrific heritage of children's literature that Inkheart is added to.

Meggie is the daughter of a revered bookbinder called Mo whose peaceful existence is one night shattered by the arrival of Dustfinger--a shadowy man with a mysterious link to Mo's past. Mo and Meggie are soon on the move, running from something that threatens everything they hold dear. But the past inevitably catches up with them and Mo is forced to reveal to his daughter for the first time his terrible secret. He has the ability, or curse, to breathe life into any story he reads and make the characters come alive. Just such a character, the sinister Capricorn, is after Mo to ensure that he stays alive and is never returned to the pages from which he was sprung. And, of course, he'll stop at nothing to guarantee success.

Inkheart is a treat and echoes of its many colourful characters, nail-biting drama and unrelenting invention will stay with the reader for a long time. It's also a novel for people who really love books. (Recommended for ages 10 and over.) --John McLay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The story within the story 17 Dec 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I originally picked up this book with low hopes for it being a brilliant book. I thought that the plot would be extremely obvious but as I read it (it took me about a day or two) it surprised me. A truely fantastic book. The main characters in Inkheart are all book lovers and lets just say that the plot esculates from there. Strangers and gangsters turn up in the story but where do they come from and what is their story? And why will Maggie's father, Mo, never read to her? What happened to Maggie's mother?
A type of magic is involved in this book. A power that perhaps every single book lover would love to have. I know that a big part of me would!! I found the plot very gripping. Book lovers should adore this book because I thought that it was brilliant!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutly brilliant! 24 Aug 2004
Format:Hardcover
I read this book after my mum read it and said it was a must read. The story is amazing though sometimes I found it was a tiny bit predictable at times. I felt all the characters feelings and struggles,especially Moe's effort to read aloud agian.As long as you can get over the size this is a must read and if you have any 11+ children warn them they may be the next to read it!Really adored it and I am praying there's a sequal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Inkheart Trilogy is a must read! The minute I opened the book, I could not stop turning the pages. The story is gripping, the adventure flies at high pace and the characters are very endearing.
Cornelia Funke shows that she has a great deal of imagination and keep surprising the reader chapter after chapter with unexpected twists and turns.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves good story telling and who have a great imagination!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars is not enough 25 Mar 2006
Format:Paperback
Most magical story that pulls you into the plot and catches your imagination like no other. Great translation (not often that the original is as good as the translation), catching ideas and beautiful scenes. Once you finish it, you will straight away want to continue with the second book of this trilogy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book I have Ever read. 30 Jan 2006
Format:Hardcover
This book is an amazing read.The story takes you into another world , where you feel totally involved in every aspect.I felt as though i had known the characters all my life, and that as i was reading they were literally standing by my side, so vivid were the descriptions.
I particularly loved the mysteries throughout the story and how these were maintained throughout- sheer genius at the art of gripping the reader.My fav character is Dustfinger.
Once you start this book, make sure you have plenty of free time..you wont be able to stop reading till the end.
I cant recommend it highly enough, brilliant, wonderful, fantastic...a classic of childrens literature.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unstoppable reading 8 Dec 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
My daughter (aged 12) gave me her Inkheart to read, when I had ran out of library books. I thought it would tide me over until I got to the library. How wrong I was ! I couldn't put it down. It was wonderful - not a dull moment to be had. I am now ordering number 2 "for my daughter" !
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inkheart 30 Dec 2004
Format:Hardcover
This book is beautiful! The only problem I have with it is that it had to end! Meggie is the sort of girl that younger readers can relate to and the way the other characters are described from their looks to their habits is so inventive and original that you end up feeling like you have met a whole host of new people by the end of the book. The story line is far fetched but fantastic, being set in modern day, but using characters from another place creates a charasmatic combination! So in short if you are eleven years or plus i recommend you read this book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inkheart 25 Aug 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Inkheart is about a girl called Meggie who finds a stranger knocking at her door in the middle of the night, one day. Her Dad, Mo seems to know this strange man from long ago, and they bring a warning with causes them to flee to an aunt Meggie has never heard of. The story carrys on from here with a secret and a very important book, dangerous traps and feirce enemies. This book is well worth reading, and you'll soon find you can't put it down! The first in a trilogy, soon to be followed by Inkspell, well worth reading. I can't wait to read the second book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
After a slow start the book becomes more and more interesting and reaches a point where you cannot put the book down. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Mr. D. J. Clanchy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This magic and enchanting book contains beautiful descriptions along with a great plot! This may be a good book for any fan of the the Indian in the cupboard series.
Published 8 days ago by Lisa George
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a thoroughly great read for the young, enquiring mind that loves mystery and adventure.
Published 10 days ago by Blessings1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Good read much better than the film !!
Published 1 month ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars What I think!
I have really enjoyed reading Ink Heart because it is all about a girl who likes to read! Like me!

I found the book had many twists and turns in a good way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harriot Greenway
4.0 out of 5 stars Inkheart
Really enjoyed the first of the books in this trilogy. My daughter of 9 years read this and loved the different characters and the magical plot. Read more
Published 2 months ago by H A L EHLEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Inkheart Review
This book is the best book I have ever read - can't wait to read the other three! Everyone who loves reading and magic and mystery should definitely read this trilogy.
Published 2 months ago by Averyl Megan Greer
4.0 out of 5 stars My daughter absolutely loves this and would highly recommend it...
My daughter read this at 10 and absolutely loved this book. I confess that I read it first and enjoyed it but found it rather heavy going and long (needed more editing in my... Read more
Published 2 months ago by BM
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but go no further
The first book is innovative and a good read. Just don't bother with the rest of the trilogy. Stick here.
Published 3 months ago by G F SIGFRID
1.0 out of 5 stars The magic fails to ignite
I was really hopeful when I picked up this book. I had heard lots of good things about the story and knew that there was a film adaptation too. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sarah Brown
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