Igraine the Brave [NOOK Book]

Overview

In the spirit of DRAGON RIDER and THE THIEF LORD, an enchanting fairy tale told with Cornelia's trademark warmth and wit: Perfect Funke fare for readers in the middle grades--Cornelia's "sweet spot"!

Igraine dreams of becoming a famous knight just like her great grandfather, but the truth is, life at the family castle is rather boring. Until the nephew of the baroness-next-door shows up. He's got a dastardly plan to capture the castle and ...
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Igraine the Brave

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Overview

In the spirit of DRAGON RIDER and THE THIEF LORD, an enchanting fairy tale told with Cornelia's trademark warmth and wit: Perfect Funke fare for readers in the middle grades--Cornelia's "sweet spot"!

Igraine dreams of becoming a famous knight just like her great grandfather, but the truth is, life at the family castle is rather boring. Until the nephew of the baroness-next-door shows up. He's got a dastardly plan to capture the castle and claim as his own the wonderful singing spell books that belong to Igraine's magician parents. To make matters worse, at the very moment of the siege, her mom and dad botch a spell, turning themselves into pigs! Aided by a Gentle Giant and a Sorrowful Knight, it's up to Igraine to be brave and save the day--and the books!
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Editorial Reviews

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Princess Igraine is in the doldrums. Life at the family castle is boring and her fantasies about becoming a great female knight seem like nothing more than pipe dreams. All that changes, however, with the arrival of a power-hungry intruder who is intent on stealing a set of wondrous singing spell books owned by Igraine's parents. And it couldn't have happened at a worse time: Thanks to a major magical mishap, mom and pop have turned themselves into pigs! Fortunately, a Gentle Giant and a Sorrowful Knight are waiting in the wings to help the fledgling princess to save the day and the bacon-in-waiting. High-spirited hijinks.
Publishers Weekly

Falling into the Funke-lite category of fantasy (more Dragonriderthan Inkheart), young listeners, especially girls, will be eager to find adventure with the irrepressible heroine of this sprightly adventure. Igraine longs to leave boring life at Pimpernel Castle and be a famous knight-unheard of, of course, for a girl. But when the magic of her sorcerer parents goes awry and they turn themselves into pigs at the very moment that nefarious necromancers gather to attack, Igraine is called to undertake a courageous and crucial quest. British actress Elbrick makes 12-year-old Igraine's frustration and exasperation palpable without sounding overwrought. And by giving the protagonist a youthful, yet confident and strong, vocal delivery, she helps listeners truly believe in Funke's characterization of Igraine. Additional solid portrayals-a sorrowful knight with an Americanized accent, a mostly friendly giant and singing books of magic, go far to create a lighthearted and colorful setting. Ages 8-up. Simultaneous release with the Scholastic/Chicken House hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 10). (Sept.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 3-5 -Young fans of knights and magic will rejoice in Cornelia Funke's tale (Chicken House, 2007) of adventure, bravery, and chivalry. Igraine was born into a family of magicians but has no desire to learn magic. She dreams of becoming a famous knight to liven up her boring castle life. For her twelfth birthday, she unexpectedly gets her wish when her family's castle is attacked by their greedy neighbor who is trying to steal her family's singing magic books. Since her parents have accidentally turned themselves into pigs, it's up to Igraine and her novice magician brother to save the castle. Xanthe Elbrick's smooth narration adds plenty of flavor to this fanciful tale. Her British accent heightens the medieval charm and her unique voices for the many characters are engaging and amusing.-Karen T. Bilton, Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, Rocky Hill, NJ

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Kirkus Reviews
The author of Princess Knight (2004) offers a longer tale along the same lines, here in its first English translation. Uninterested in becoming a magician like her parents and older brother, Igraine delights in feats of arms. Though a spellcasting error-that transforms her parents into non-magical pigs-casts a shadow on her 12th birthday, she is dazzled by the suit of magic armor they present her. It arrives just in time, too, because shortly thereafter, thuggish Osmund the Greedy arrives at the castle gates with an army, intent on seizing the resident library of talking grimoires. Will the castle's magical defenses hold out long enough for Igraine to steal a fast horse from under Osmund's nose, find a giant willing to give up the hair necessary for a parent-restoring spell, rescue an unaggressive dragon from hunters and help a sad knight who teaches her the rules of chivalry to defeat Osmund's supposedly undefeatable Castellan? Do you doubt? Illustrated with pen-and-ink sketches of Igraine in action, plus many tiny tomes sporting stubby limbs and animated faces, this engaging read, or read-aloud, is "joust" the ticket for all young fans of non-gender-specific knightly valor. (Fantasy. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545406185
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 323,979
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 11 MB
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Meet the Author

Cornelia Funke

Cornelia Funke is the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The Thief Lord, Dragon Rider, and the Inkheart trilogy, along with many other chapter and picture books for younger readers. She lives in Los Angeles, California, in a house filled with books.

Biography

One of the most successful children's authors of our day, multi-award-winner Cornelia Funke started out as a social worker focused on the needs of disadvantaged youngsters. She enrolled in a post-graduate course at the Hamburg State College of Design, and left social work in the mid-1980s to begin a career as a children's book illustrator. However, the books she was commissioned to work on were prosaic and unimaginative, and she soon decided to try her hand at writing stories of her own.

An ardent fan of such childhood classics as Tolkien's Ring Trilogy and the tales of C. S. Lewis and J. M. Barrie, Funke was naturally drawn to the world of fantasy. She explained her attraction in a 2006 interview with the genre blog Writer Unboxed: " [T]he wonderful thing about fantasy is that it is the oldest way of story telling -- to clad what we feel and fear into disguises and make them more clear, to pass the borders of our every day life and use our imagination for travels into unknown worlds and unlimited experiences."

Although Funke was an immediate success in her native Germany, she was largely unknown outside Europe -- that is, until a young bilingual fan wrote to a British publishing firm inquiring why her favorite author's books were not available in English. The publisher hunted down what was, at the time, Funke's most recent book (The Thief Lord) and, in 2002, published it in translation. Already the recipient of several literary honors in Europe, the engaging YA fantasy went on to win the 2002 Book Sense Book of the Year Award.

One by one, as they are translated into English and published in America, Funke's wonderful stories have become huge bestsellers. Her ingenuity, imagination, and artistry shine in stand-alone novels like Dragon Rider and the Inkworld Trilogy -- Inkheart (2003), Inkspell (2005), and Inkdeath (2008). She has also produced picture books for younger readers, including The Wildest Brother, Pirate Girl, and Princess Knight. Fans who worry that this natural-born storyteller will run out of ideas can take solace in an author interview conducted in 2008 by Britain's Daily Telegraph. Asked if she had many more books in mind, Funke replied, "Oh yes, I am quite sure I won't be able to write them all down in a lifetime."

Good To Know

  • In German, Funke means "spark."

  • In 2005, Time magazine named Cornelia Funke among its "100 Most Influential Men and Women."

  • Funke claims to have written her popular Ghosthunters series "for boys who don't like to read."

  • When asked if she writes in German or English, Funke replied in a 2008 interview in The Washington Post: "I write in German. I've practiced this language for 47 years. I will never be a master in any other language. Anthea Bell, an old lady with cats, does the translation. She's amazing, and her translations are very, very true to my language."

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      1. Hometown:
        Los Angeles, CA
      1. Date of Birth:
        December 10, 1958
      2. Place of Birth:
        Dorsten, Germany
      1. Education:
        University of Hamburg

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 6, 2012

      Awesome

      Awesome but is there another book? Is it in a series? If so, i want 2 read the second book!!!!

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 26, 2012

      Andy

      THIS BOOK IS TOTALLY I EVEN BOUGHT IT IN REAL LIFE AND JUSTON MY NOOK I LOVE THIS BOOK AND YOU SHOULD READ IT TO I TOTALLY RECOMENED IT YOU GO BUY IT RIGHT NOW LIKE NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 28, 2012

      Oh Igraine!!!

      I think that this book is a very easy read. It's also extremely funny. I'm not sure how many times i've read it but I love it!!!!!!!!!!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 14, 2012

      Buy this book!!!!!

      The best book ever.
      If you get the chance to buy this book.
      Of course buy it!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 31, 2014

      GOOD BOOK!

      I love this author and i love books and i love this book.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 6, 2014

      G gd bk

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 29, 2013

      Ffff

      Awesome book, i read the Inkheart trilogy and when i heard about this I picjed it up and couldn't put it down

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 1, 2013

      Gjgjggy

      Ydffgfgggvc

      0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 18, 2013

      This book is awesome

      I love this book im addicted to it lol . She is so amazing and dhe wants to be like her grandfather and i think that she will be like him. I havent got far but sofar so good Lol :) ;)

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 24, 2013

      Love it

      Good book

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 14, 2013

      My Favorite Book of all Time

      This is my favorite book of all time, if you read until the end, this book is full of mystery and suspense
      Make sure to get this

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 19, 2013

      Vhvbvhgh

      LOVE IT

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 15, 2013

      Love it!!

      Oh my gosh I love it!! For me it comes in a close second place next to the Inkheart Trilogy, which are my favorite books!!!! I think there should be a seuqel! (I bet I spelled that wrong but oh well!)
      Btw- If you didnt know the Inkheart Trilogy is also by Cornelia Funke, oh yeah The Thief Lord is pretty epic too!
      ~•Inkheartlover•~

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 14, 2013

      Lalalalalala

      I read it when i was 7

      0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 7, 2013

      Originally posted at Nose in a Book Can you picture growing up

      Originally posted at Nose in a Book

      Can you picture growing up wanting to be a knight? Well, Igraine can. That's all she has ever wanted to be. A knight.

      There is a slight problem with this. Igraine is a girl, and girls can't be knights. That's a known fact. Igraine doesn't listen to people when they tell her this. She is an amazingly strong character who likes `non-girly' things. This is of course uncommon during the story's setting. Igraine's family also has a secret. They're magical. Her whole family is. Another problem is Igraine is horrible at magic, unlike her brother Albert who is amazing at anything magical. Her parents are, too; it is their specialty. They have magic singing books, they play with it; Igraine on the other hand has no interest in playing with magic. All she wants to do is have a sword fight with someone!

      Everyone thinks Igraine looks funny in her chain mail and noisy armor, plus, not only are girl knights unheard of, so are knights in general. Igraine's life takes place in what is known as The Tower. No danger has come to The Tower in well, forever, or at least recent memory! Why would someone want to become a knight when they can play with magic?! Igraine fights this exact question throughout Igraine the Brave and along with fighting this question, she figures out who she truly is.

      With the help of a Sorrowful Knight, a battle to fight for The Tower, and the fact that her parents don't stay human throughout the book, Igraine takes the reader on a really fun adventure.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 8, 2012

      Wow

      From what ive seen in he revews people rely injoy this book there all giving it 5 stars! To me thts amaizing. I have to buy it soon.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 15, 2012

      Great read!!!

      I loved this book! The characters (the good ones) are very lovable and almost all of them--even the bad ones---are hilarious. It is a very charming story with some unexpected twists and a surprising ending. It is much more lighthearted than Inkheart and is absolutely nothing like the Thief Lord. It has a more similar mood and setting to Dragon Rider. Definitely recommended for all ages of book lovers, but specifically younger readers who will be more drawn by the fairytale, knights and princesses atmosphere of the book. Whether you are a seasoned Cornelia Funke fan or not, I highly recommend Igraine the Brave



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    • Posted July 1, 2012

      oh this book is wonderful

      oh this book is wonderful

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 24, 2012

      Loved it

      One of the best fantasy novels I have read in a while... I woul definetly reccomend this book to a friend.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 18, 2012

      Igranie

      A realky cute book

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