INKHEART by Cornelia Funke
Kirkus Star


Age Range: 10 & up
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It is hard to avoid preciosity in books about books, but here Funke pulls off the feat with vigor. Meggie, an avid reader, lives alone with her father, a bookbinder; her mother disappeared years before. When a disturbing stranger named Dustfingers intrudes on their peace, she gradually discovers that the barrier between books and the real world is permeable and that an ill-fated read-aloud years ago unleashed Capricorn, who “would feed [a] bird to [a] cat on purpose . . . and the little creature’s screeching and struggling would be as sweet as honey to him.” Funke takes her time with her tale, investing her situations with palpable menace and limning her characters with acute sensitivity; she creates in Meggie a stalwart heroine who never loses her childish nature even as she works to contain the monster and bring her mother back. 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. (Fiction. 10+)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-439-53164-0
Page count: 544pp
Publisher: Chicken House/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2003


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