Inkheart, originally titled in German Tintenherz, is a fantasy novel by Cornelia Funke, and the first book of the Inkheart trilogy. The sequel, Inkspell, was released on October 1, 2005, and the third book in the trilogy, Inkdeath was released on September 28, 2007. A film of the book was released on the 11 December, 2009 in Germany; the UK version was released on December 12, and the US version was released on January 23.
The book is about a 12-year-old girl named Meggie Folchart whose life changes dramatically when she realizes that her father, a bookbinder named Mortimer (Mo), has an unusual ability: when he reads aloud, he can bring characters from books into the real world...
2008 FilmTo be determined...
Cornelia Funke is great, as always! Good, clean, and fun to read!
I read this as an adult, on the recommendation of my son. It's an engaging story for a teenage reader; the characters are well-rounded and the plot develops at a good pace. In fact it's so well written that you start to forget that the central theme (i.e. that characters from novels can be read into life) is fantasy. And there's a running sub-theme that will appeal to anyone who loves good books. Each chapter is prefaced with an appropriate extract from one of the author's favourite books. And in the text itself there are references to a whole range of good literature - from the Narnia series to Treasure Island, The Princess Bride to Peter Pan, and many more besides. Finally, I was pleased to find that Inkheart has a satisfying ending, because this is not the case with individual books in some other trilogies.
I'd recommend it to any teenager that enjoys good books!
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- Reading Age: 10+
- Reading Aloud Age: 9+ (but it's a very long book to tackle as a read-aloud)