Paperback | June 1, 2005

byCornelia Funke

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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?

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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 arr...

CORNELIA FUNKE is one of today's most beloved writers of magical stories for children. She is the author of The Thief Lord, Dragon Rider, Inkheart, Inkspell, the Ghosthunters series, When Santa Fell to Earth, and Igraine the Brave. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, California, in a house full of books.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 7.57 × 5.28 × 1.31 inPublished:June 1, 2005Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0439709105

ISBN - 13:9780439709101

Appropriate for ages: 9

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creative Great book with a really cool concept, I can't believe it's not more popular!
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not planning to continue I heard great things about this book. My friends like it, so I read it. Couldn't finish this at all.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book Loved this book as a child. Would recommend this for young children, this is what god me into fantasy!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is one of my all time favourite trilogies! I bought these books in 2010. And I fell in love with Meggie & Mo! My favourite character in the books though is Dustfinger. I also really liked the movie, apparently Brennan Fraser was the authors choice, and also the inspiration for Mo! She sent a note to him along with a copy of Inkheart when the book was released. How cool is that!?
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book that got me into reading I call this book The Book because it was the book that got me into reading. I bought this book eight years ago and I can't remember how many times that I've re-read it but the spine is almost completely ripped. I was not a big reader, but going through the bookstore the cover caught my eye and I was interested in the plot of how this father and daughter can bring characters out of books and the colourful characters of Dustfinger and Elinor. I still constantly recommend this book to my friends and when I see parents and kids looking at the series in bookstores I still rave about it. This book will always hold a special place in my heart. It is the book that not just got me into a love of reading and English studies, but also a love for writing.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Such a great read - I read this years ago as a child and loved it and recently read it again as an adult and it didnt disappoint. Such a creative and different book - a little dark at times but a great story for a child who loves to read.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Creative I loved the concept of this book and the cover was what initially caught my eye. In this book, characters, things, and even places can pop into existence when select 'silver tongued' people read the words out loud. I am very glad it was turned into film, though while I was a big fan of the general idea of the book, the writing itself did seem to drag on a little.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A truly interesting concept. If you are a fan of fiction, you read with wonder thinking about what character or story will be read from next just to see what characters will be brought to life. The pacing of the novel is okay, but there are a few moments that move slowly and allow for a reader to think about the logic of whether or not this or that is possible. By the end of the novel, it does leave you wanting more in a good way, and I only hope that Inkspell follows up with the potential that this novel started with.
Date published: 2014-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Amazingly Thrilling" You know what, this book contains a very mind blowing story like no other. I think people who enjoy Harry Potter, will love this book of a girl who goes on an adventure not many people go on in there lifetime. See this story contains it all, original villains, believable characters and a setting that kind of makes you want to cry. The first time I read it, it was the most intense thing I ever read and really, I didn't want to change much. And then I read it again, and I found a few errors. Good: The characters were really blowing my mind when they were doing their talk, and I found out that Cornelia was working on the movie. The movie ruined it, but it made the book look way much better. The villains were really scary and the scenery was so original and it really made me want to cry. I know that this book is good for you. Bad: The buildings, well they seemed to much like a fantasy world. I think that Inkheart could of been better if the buildings didn't seem so big and eerie like that. Dust Finger kind of felt like a spoiled character who was just getting carried throughout the story. Overall: I think if you really like Harry Potter, then this book is going to be for you.
Date published: 2013-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inkheart Loved thus book. It was the most well written books I've ever read. Thanks Cornelia Funke:-)
Date published: 2013-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Awesome! Really great book. I like the idea of bringing stories to life.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book! this is such a great book! it is so fasinating and it captures you in it. it makes you want to read all night long-i suggest this book to anyone who loves fantasy! 2 thumbs up!
Date published: 2011-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So, this book was alright It was very imaginative, but I was seeking just a little bit more. I wasn't really interested in what was going to happen. It kinda dragged on.
Date published: 2011-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book for Younger Audience From an adults point of view this book lacks excitement but I would say it's decent for younger readers.
Date published: 2009-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great book even for Adults Picked this up at a used bookstore because I saw the movie and liked the premise, books are usually better so....... The book is good, perhaps a little longer than necessary but still worth the read. Meggie is twelve year old girl being raised in an eccentic lifestyle by her book mending father Mo. Years ago Meggie's mother disapeared and Meggie quickly learns there's more to that and her father than that. Mo has a gift, the ability to read things and people out of books when he reads aloud. Meggie learns that nine years ago Mo "read out" three characters from a book called Inkheart and the adventure begins...... A must read for anyone who loves literature. I really enjoyed the book and I know I would have loved it when I was younger.
Date published: 2009-09-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't get into it I picked up this book in the first place, because I thought the plot sounded pretty interesting. However, after reading a couple of chapters, I found myself less and less excited to go on. Somehow the characters weren't all that convincing, and the plot didn't seem to go anywhere. Maybe I will give this a try again soon, but for now, it will have to sit on my shelf and wait.
Date published: 2009-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Adventure.... Chapter one is a bit weird but without that, thee story wouldn't make sense. After that, the book is filled with adventure and fun. But be warned, the book can get a little freaky..... A must read! Enjoy!!
Date published: 2009-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inkheart Inkheart has been on my shelf for the past few years until one of my friends urged me to give it a chance. I'm glad I did. Inkeart is very original and well written. The plot line is like nothing I've ever heard of. I was amazed, a book about books! Plus all of the little quotes at the start of each chapter were very interesting, I read each and every one of them. I found I could relate well to the main character, Meggie because of her and her fathers love of books. I found the author described how they felt about the books very well. The characters were very well developed, my favorites were Elinor and Dustfinger. At one point I was so into the book I actually slept with it under my pillow as Meggie had. The villans were actually quite intimidating! The novel was never boring, very fast paced and twisty. I was always wondering what was going to happen next. Great book.
Date published: 2009-06-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from could be better :/ Sorry to say for people who are fans of this book but it definitely was NOT one of my favourites but then again that's just me. I personally thought it could be better. To me this book was just disapointing.
Date published: 2008-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so awsome READ to good for words lol
Date published: 2008-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of the best books EVER I love this book it is so good and it is a real page turner! The author has a new and different way of righting her books. I am not use to this style of righting but I loved it! its so fun.
Date published: 2008-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WHAT A BOOK! The best book on earth! LOVED IT! This book left me in awe, suspense and my imagination went flying. When I finished it I went straight to the sequal and can't wait for the third of the trilogy. I just can't believe how into this book I was. I brought it to school everyday, read it during class and recess. Oh Lord, both me and my friend read it and we both are still finishing up the sequal. We just can't wait for the third. This book brings your imagination to a whole new level and gives you a new view for caring about the books
Date published: 2008-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST-READ!!!!!!!!!!!! i thought this book was amazing i couldn't put it down! i can'i wait until the movie! Inkspell was good too..but i thought that inkheart was better.
Date published: 2008-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute Movie Material!! Cornelia Funke is an amazing author, and I have all of her books (so far). I have owned "Inkheart" since it came out, and I scooped-up "Inkspell" the moment it came to the shelves. When I heard that there were plans to turn "Inkheart" into a movie, I was thrilled!! This is such an original storyline. . . A brilliant young man has the ability to read characters straight out of books. When he reads a fantasy, little fairies come flying into existence, and they go about, darting around the room. One day, he reads an evil man named Capricorn out of a specific book (as well as a few other characters) which leads to the eventual kidnapping of his daughter, Maggie. I will not reveal what happens in the end for two main reasons: 1. Since this is the first book in a trilogy, how could I spoil it for you?? 2. If you have heard of the book, but are waiting to see the movie, I would not want to ruin it for you people, either. This leaves only one option..... READ THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!! WARNING: The following side affects may occur... lack of sleep, increase in magical awareness, excitability, reluctance to put the book down, stimulated imagination, extreme enjoyment, etc....... Prepare yourselves for the journey of a lifetime......... ^_^
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must-Read! This book is an excellent book for kids to read. It is jam packed with fantasy. It was fun to read.
Date published: 2007-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly Written!! This book was written very well. Inkheart is a tale of tragedy, love, and compassion. Which is mixed with the suspensefulness of the fact that Meggie may never see her father Mo again. Or the fact that she may be the reason he dies. After Meggie realizes that she too has the power of reading things in and out of books just like her father... Capricorn devises a plan to use not Mo but Meggie. And unfortunately Meggie is sucked in to the whirling vortex that conceals her fathers fate until Meggie frees Mo, her aunt Elinor, and herself. Once through with that... she meets her mother Teresa aka Resa, formally. This book is impecable and wonderful. I especially recommend this book.
Date published: 2007-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressions of Inkheart One rainy night, twelve year old Meggie’s life changed forever when a stranger showed up at her door. She finds out that her father, Mo, when reading aloud can bring to life beings and objects. This revelation begins the wonderful adventure which is Inkheart. In its 534 pages, Meggie and her father must do their best to safe keep a book from the evil ruler Capricorn. To succeed, Meggie must also learn to master her own powers in order to right the wrongs that have been made. Their journey is difficult and filled with adventure. When I read Inkheart, I was blown away by its creative and thrilling tale of good versus evil. I found Mo’s talent fascinating and to learn that Meggie was to learn it also (as it says on the back of the book), I was absolutely intrigued. Meggie and her father are both very much alike. They are courageous, determined, and wise characters, and they would do anything to save each other. Although the theme “good vs. evil” has been done many times before, the author wrote about it in an extremely creative and suspenseful way. Inkheart is all about books, their magic, and their importance to people. I really loved it because I adore books and understood the importance of books to Meggie and Mo. “Meggie took her books whenever she went away. They were her home when she was somewhere strange. They were familiar voices, friends that never quarreled with her, clever, powerful friends —daring and knowledgeable, tried and tested adventures who had traveled far and wide. Her books cheered her up when she was sad and kept her from being bored…” I love to read because it lets you leave the world and reality to explore a different dimension and live a different life. Books really let you experience things you can’t face in your real life and it takes you away from problems you don’t want to think about. Mother of two, Cornelia Funke has become one of the most loved authors of children’s books. Born in 1958, this German author, originally from Dorsten, Westphalia, has written over 40 books. At the age of 35, she became a full time writer. It took her a whole year to write Inkheart, and her time and dedication was certainly worth it. The title is Inkheart because it describes the evil Capricorn and it is the name of the book from which he escaped. The message in the book was that books hold more power than we think. Inkheart exceeded my expectations and was by far one of the most suspenseful and all around one of the best books I have ever read. I strongly recommend you to read this book. In fact, I dare you to read it aloud!
Date published: 2007-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book I Have Ever Read This book was awesome! It was full of action and adventure (with just a tiny bit of romance)! I think lots of people would like it.
Date published: 2007-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SIMPLY AMAZING! I couldn't put this book down if I tried (not that I want to.) I can't wait to read Inkspell and see what trouble the magpie and Basta cause next. I hope Meggie has learned how to put people back into their books.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book In The World!!! Cornilea Funke Has Done An Amazing Job With This Book! I Have Also Read Inkspell And Can't Wait For The Next One (Inkdeath) I Would Recommend This Book If You’re Into Fantasy! It Is Also Great If You're Into Thick Books Like Myself!!! This Book Is Filled With Bad Guys (Of Coarse), BOOKS, And The Magic Of Books!!!
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I loved this book. The characters are wonderfully brought to life, if you don't take that too literally. The book is well flowing (although I think I found a grammatical error at the very start) and it leaves much room for a sequel. It was great to read.
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book Lovers can feel the magic! What an interesting story line! It is a children's book that adults would love. Look out J.K. Rowling! I couldn't put it down and then I bought the next book called "Ink Spell". Talk about a dream come true to find yourself sucked into the book! It makes you wish you could retract your wish! I would like to see it in movie version!
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book should have been written years ago... This story is something that I have been waiting years to read. I wish this book had been around when I was a kid, it's a child's dream come true, or at least a child that reads, dream come true. Well written, evenly paced, this will keep the avid child reader thoroughly entertained. For any child who loves to read, or any adult that loves to read good books, I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2006-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inkheart - right up there with Harry Potter! I think Inkheart is a fantastic book. I love a great fantasy book where I can feel the characters' feelings! My sister got it for her birthday and when I picked it up, I could hardly put it down. I'm definitely going to buy the next book!
Date published: 2006-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from inkheart i think this book is ok. its like a suspense kind of book and i found it great. three thumbs up!
Date published: 2006-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One thing to Say...MAGNIFICENT***** I am a girl who loves to get lost between the pages of books. And i was lost for days in Inkheart!!!! Truely Amazing. And its going to be a movie too! I cannot wait! As i say...the greatest movies are translations of books. so it should be as amazing...but not as the book:) read on venturers of books
Date published: 2005-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was the first book I've read by Cornelia Funke, but it hasn't been the last. Since reading this I had to read all of her books. All though this one is still by far my favorite. I've read it 5 times and it still gives me chills when I read it. : )
Date published: 2005-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book! It's a great read, and i deffinatley reccomend it to any fantasy lovers and Cornelia Funke fans.
Date published: 2005-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Im really in to girly books and i dont really like reading but this book is very interesting When u start to read this book u have so many questions and if u keep reading they will soon be answered.
Date published: 2005-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!! Inkheart is a must read book! It was full of surprises! I couldn't put the book down! I'm reading Inkspell right now and so far it's amazing!!!
Date published: 2005-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Envelope yourself in the ink! Inkheart is a wonderful story. The plot and its twists will keep you glued to your seat burning the midnight oil. I would recommend this book to everybody, even people who don't like fantasy should try it. It is a terrific read!
Date published: 2005-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This is a great book! I love it! I gave it four stars because it had some unnecessary parts (maybe unrealistic) , but is it has such a fabulous story!
Date published: 2005-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This is a great book! I love it! I gave it four stars because it had some unnecessary parts (maybe unrealistic) , but is it has such a fabulous story!
Date published: 2005-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from iNkHeArT*_* Have you ever wished you could have money fall from the endless sky, or magic powers from a Harry Potter book? Imagine if you had the ability to bring objects or characters to life from books! You would be in paradise!!! But let’s say something goes terribly wrong and instead of receiving a magic wand, Lord Voldemort (assuming everyone knows who he is) materializes right into your cluttered room!!!!! Well that’s precisely what occurred in Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart except the villains that were conjured out into our world may possibly be more evil than Lord Voldemort…… Mo has a wonderful, yet terrible gift- the talent to bring characters to life from books! There’s just one catch, he has no control over his powers, which is why the devil himself was conjured out of a medieval book called Inkheart! Mo’s spent nine years in hiding with his daughter, Meggie, from the antagonist- the ominous Capricorn. The only thing is that Capricorn has finally caught up to Mo! He intends to use Mo’s ability to wreak havoc in his world by unleashing a powerful demon from the pages of Inkheart!!! Now Meggie, Mo, and their companions, are pursued and repeatedly captured by the merciless Capricorn. But they manage to escape from Capricorn’s henchmen as they attempt to find Signor Fenoglio, the creator of Inkheart, hoping against hope that there is a way to stop Capricorn and his malicious plans. In the end, Meggie must learn to harness her own magic and the true power of words----for the fate of the world rests in her hands! Inkheart is a traditional tale set in the modern world- a fairytale that’s never been heard of before– that’s why many (including myself) are captivated by Cornelia Funke’s creative writing. She’s depicted each character with a complex personality. Meaning booklovers don’t easily forget these ever memorable individuals and their characteristics. In my opinion the plot was too good to put the book down, even at four in the morning! Every chapter of Inkheart is introduced with quotes from children’s classic novels explaining the chapter in a metaphoric code. One thing I would totally change about Inkheart is the sluggish beginning. I had to plough on to get to the mesmerizing highlights of the story. Nevertheless once I reached the brilliant breathtaking climax I forgot all about the lengthy beginning. But I was slightly disappointed with the abrupt ending because there are still loose ends in the story. There is a sequel though, Inkspell, for those fans who can’t get enough of the wonderfully intriguing Inkheart. My favourite character in the story is Meggie. She’s someone that I can definitely relate to because of her love for books. In the beginning Meggie is totally dependant on her father, Mo. I think this adventure has taught her to be more independent and courageous. This book is definitely for people who love stories with a mix of adventure and fantasy!!! People like me will be enchanted by Inkheart and won’t be able to think of anything else for the next couple weeks!!!!
Date published: 2005-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great this sure is one great book! I think this is the best book in the world! My mom bought it for me a few weeks ago and I didn`t want to read it. I read the first couple of pages and I thought it was BORING! but then my mom said I should at least read three chapters.(inkheart has sixty chapters.) then I read three chapters and boy, did I like it! I read nonstop! I am getting dragon rider in scholastics and I will probaly buy inkspell too! this book is 100% gauranteed and this book is so good they are making a movie! way to go Cornelia Funk! I put Lord of the rings down to read this book! I reapet way to go!!!
Date published: 2005-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's okay to drown in the Ink... Inkheart a book for people who love to get lost in books. When you start reading it starts out slow, sorta like it doesn't wanna take you anywhere if you're not serious about reading it and going all the way to the end. Then you pass a certain point and all of a sudden you're trapped without even knowing you were being lured in. It just takes off and you can't put it down.
Date published: 2005-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting This book isn't really my type but its pretty good. If you like those kind of fantasy books you'll really like this one. It's not only fantasy but adventure as well. It was pretty interesting and fast paced so it keeps you entertained. I usually read books in about one or two days but this one took me longer not only because its a pretty long book but also because it has so much to digest I need to take a break and think it all over before I can read another chapter.
Date published: 2005-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inkheart Inkheart is such a fanatasic book.It never gets boring!I always have to read it.Its so exciting that it feels like its real.I advise you to read this book if you have no book to read.
Date published: 2005-06-12