Monday, September 24, 2012


This summer I have neglected my award-winning book challenge, hosted by Gathering Books. After much writing, hosting of wonderful friends and kayaking, I picked up Inkheart, a title I knew of but had not read. If you know a middle-schooler, get this book into his/her hands!

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Dressler Verlag, The Chicken House and Scholastic, 2003

Awards: Phantastik-Preis der Stadt Wetzlar for children's fiction in Germany, 2004
Kalbacher Klapperschlange – German Children’s Choice Award

Silberner Griffel Award - Netherlands

As a reader, it’s a delicious idea to think of book characters coming to life. I’d love to meet Jane Eyre and Jo March
but, hmm, Madame Defarge– not so much. Sinister characters can stay between the covers of books.
Inkheart is an engaging story for middle-graders based on the very idea of interacting with book characters. Meggie, the courageous heroine, discovers a talent inherited from her dad that changes her life by reversing a loss. The road to her happy ending is long, winding and treacherous, however. Funke has created memorable characters in addition to Meggie– Elinor, whose library collection is her most precious possession, Dustfinger, who yearns for a former life, and Capricorn, the evil character you wouldn’t wish to meet.

is the first title of a trilogy. Inkspell and Inkdeath follow. I have not read these titles, but Inkheart is a page turner, a flashlight-under-the-covers kind of story.

Check the Award Winning Books Challenge website for more not-to-be-missed titles.

Award-Winning Book Challenge Status: 7/12


  1. I've only watched the movie adaptations of Cornelia Funke's books (Inkheart and Thief Lord). I have yet to try reading anyone of them. Have you watched the Inkheart movie? I have a feeling the book is better. But isn't it always? :)

    1. No, haven't seen the movie and, it's true, I usually like the book better! I do want to read The Thief Lord.

  2. I haven't heard of this one, but it sounds delightful! I know I'm not in middle school anymore, but I'm still a kid at heart. Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. Hi, Joyce. I loved this series, but I haven't been able to get either of my kids into it. The first book was my favorite of the three. I liked imagining Inkworld more than I did being in it. Still, I would recommend the rest of the trilogy.

    1. Hi, Laura. Thanks for the recommendation and for stopping by.

  4. Thank you for dropping by PaperTigers for Poetry Friday yesterday. I hope you have a great time at the 100,000 Poets for Change event.

    I have yet to read Inkheart - I've had it sitting waiting for a while. You're post has spurred me on...

  5. Hi Joyce, this trilogy is one of my absolute favorites. The first page in Inkheart took my breath away, and I couldn't stop reading. I watched the film adaptation and I thought that it didn't really do the book justice - there was menace, suspense, and passion for the written word that's keenly sensed throughout the narrative - it's actually a perfect book for our current bimonthly theme on Books about Books. I must have read it like 5 or 6 years back, though. :) Enjoy the rest of the book series. :)


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