Inkheart

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Scholastic, 2003 - Authorship - 534 pages
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Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

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Magical. Loved the character development. - Goodreads
I found the pace of the book really annoying. - Goodreads
Nice for light summer reading; enjoyable plot. - Goodreads
Good writing, good story, but really dragged on. - Goodreads
Her story telling is confusing and redundant. - Goodreads
Interesting premise. - Goodreads

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A long time ago, someone I care about recommended that I read Larklight. This year, remembering the recommendation, I made a terrible mistake and got a copy of another red children's/youth book with a ... Read full review

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I read this when I was 8, and I have to say that I struggled, but it has an absolutely brilliant, and very unique plot. Definitely worth buying for anybody ages 10-85! The film version is also brilliant, but it's a shame that they didn't make the other two books into films. But although the plot it quite hard to follow sometimes, it is a fabulous book! 

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About the author (2003)

Author Cornelia Maria Funke was born in Dorsten, Germany on December 10, 1958. After graduating from the University of Hamburg, she worked as a social worker for three years. After completing a course in book illustration at the Hamburg State College of Design, she worked as a children's book illustrator and designed board games. Her desire to draw magical worlds and her disappointment over the way some stories were written inspired her to write her own children's books. Her book, The Thief Lord, won the Mildred L. Batchelder Award for the best translated children's book of the year and the Book Sense Book of the Year Award. She has also received the Book Sense Children's Literature Award for Inkheart and Inkspell. Funke has written numerous books including Dragon Rider, When Santa Fell to Earth, Igraine The Brave, Reckless, Saving Mississippi, Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath, Igraine the Brave, and The Princess Knight. Inkheart was adapted into a film. Cornelia Funke was voted into the Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of 2005.

Anthea Bell was born in Suffolk, was educated at Somerville College, Oxford, and works as a translator, primarily from German and French. Her translations include works of non-fiction, literary and popular fiction, and books for young people including classic German works by the Brothers Grimm, Clemens Brentano, Wilhelm Hauff and Christian Morgenstern. She has been the recipient of a number of translation prizes and awards including the 1987 Schlegel-Tieck Award for Hans Berman's The Stone and the Flute, the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation for Christine Nöstlinger's A Dog's Life, the 2002 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for her translation of W.G. Sebald's novel Austerlitz, and the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize in 2009 for How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone.

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