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Inkheart (Inkheart Trilogy Series #1)

Inkheart (Inkheart Trilogy Series #1)

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by Cornelia Funke, Lynn Redgrave (Read by)

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From the author of the sensational New York Times bestseller The Thief Lord comes a thrilling new adventure about magic and self-discovery.

Meggie lives a quiet life alone with her father, a bookbinder. But her father has a deep secret--he possesses an extraordinary magical power. One day a mysterious stranger arrives who seems linked to her


From the author of the sensational New York Times bestseller The Thief Lord comes a thrilling new adventure about magic and self-discovery.

Meggie lives a quiet life alone with her father, a bookbinder. But her father has a deep secret--he possesses 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?

Includes an excerpt from Inkspell, the sequel to Inkheart, read by Brendan Fraser.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Tackling Funke's (The Thief Lord) meaty, intricately plotted tale of magic and books, Redgrave colors her reading with appropriately varying degrees of suspense, revelation and drama. Twelve-year-old Meggie, a self-proclaimed bookworm, finds it odd that her bookbinder father, Mo, has never read aloud to her. But when a mysterious man named Dustfinger appears in the rainy shadows of the garden one night, Meggie begins to unravel the secret her father has kept all her life: when Mo reads aloud from books, the characters come to life and appear before him. This magical power proves dangerous, as characters from a certain book-Inkheart-are on the loose and after Mo. Many twists and turns that will particularly intrigue those who love books unfold before Meggie ultimately learns that she and her father have something in common when it comes to magic. Redgrave's voice takes on growling, sometimes whispery qualities as she portrays villains; a brighter inquisitive tone prevails as Meggie makes observations and interacts with the other characters. The end result is a satisfying listen, perfect for long winter evenings by the fire. Ages 11-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Cornelia Funke, popular author of The Thief Lord, creates an astonishing magical world in this novel. When a mysterious stranger suddenly appears at Meggie's door, the quiet life she has led with her father, Mo, vanishes. This stranger is linked to her father's past, and Meggie discovers that Mo has been keeping a secret that involves the disappearance of her mother, a sinister man named Capricorn, and Meggie herself. As she and her father flee from their home, Meggie learns that when her father reads aloud, he is able to bring characters out of the pages and into their world. However, Mo's gift has a terrible price: every time something comes out of a book, something must go into it, even if it is something he loves. Now Capricorn wants to use Mo for his own nasty deeds and decides to use Meggie as bait. Hidden away, Meggie must wait for her father to save her from Capricorn and his hideous plan to bring an indestructible evil to Earth. In this magical world, Meggie has to discover that all actions have consequences and that sometimes the things we long for most are right in front of us. Beginning each chapter with a quote from a famous book, Funke gives the reader ample foreshadowing and creates a false feeling of what is to come. For example, when Dustfinger betrays Meggie to Capricorn, the quote for that chapter comes from C.S. Lewis' novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: "The reason there's no use looking, said Mr. Beaver, we know already where he's gone! Everyone stared in amazement. Don't you understand? said Mr. Beaver. He's gone to her, to the White Witch. He has betrayed us all." This novel would be excellent for use in the classroom to assist with the taskof teaching foreshadowing, though it is also a wonderful coming of age story in which the female protagonist has to find the courage to survive in the magical world in which she found herself. 2003, The Chicken House/Scholastic, Ages 10 to 15.
—Tiffany Burgess
Meggie is a rather mature 12-year-old who lives with her father, Mo. She even calls him Mo and has for as long as she can remember. One thing she does not remember is how one night when she was just 3 years old, while her father was reading aloud to Meggie, her mother vanished from the room, out of the very bed she had been sitting in. Mo has a special gift (which he passes down to Meggie) of reading characters out of books when he reads aloud. As her mother disappears, three men, Capricorn, one of the most dangerous characters; Basta, his cruel and heartless servant; and Dustfinger, a man who plays with fire, stand across the room from Mo and Meggie. They are characters from Inkheart, the book Mo had been reading aloud. After Mo chases them out of his house, he is left with Meggie; for nine years it is just the two of them, and for nine years Meggie listens intently when Mo tells stories of her mother's mysterious and exciting trips around the world. Meggi, believing her father, hasn't realized her mother is trapped in a book. Filled with twists and turns, ups and downs, this fantasy will leave you moved, especially at the reunion of three people separated for many years. Most likely in the end you will feel as Meggie and her Aunt Elinor did, that books are better left under their covers and not meant to come alive. 2003, The Chicken House, 554 pp. Ages young adult. Reviewer: Evita Wiatr
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Characters from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy. Meggie, 12, has had her father to herself since her mother went away when she was young. Mo taught her to read when she was five, and the two share a mutual love of books. Things change after a visit from a scarred man who calls himself Dustfinger and who refers to Mo as Silvertongue. Meggie learns that her father has been keeping secrets. He can "read" characters out of books. When she was three, he read aloud from a book called Inkheart and released Dustfinger and other characters into the real world. At the same time, Meggie's mother disappeared into the story. Mo also released Capricorn, a sadistic villain who takes great pleasure in murdering people. He has sent his black-coated henchmen to track down Mo and intends to force him to read an immortal monster out of the story to get rid of his enemies. Meggie, Mo, Dustfinger, and Meggie's great-aunt Elinor are pursued, repeatedly captured, but manage to escape from Capricorn's henchmen as they attempt to find the author of Inkheart in the hope that he can write a new ending to the story. This "story within a story" will delight not just fantasy fans, but all readers who like an exciting plot with larger-than-life characters. Pair this title with Roderick Townley's The Great Good Thing (2001) and Into the Labyrinth (2002, both Atheneum) for a wonderful exploration of worlds within words.-Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
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+)

Product Details

Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
Inkheart Trilogy Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 5.98(h) x 1.39(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

CORNELIA FUNKE is Germany's bestselling children's author after J. K. Rowling and R. L. Stine. In the fall of 2002, she made her brilliant debut in the English-language market with the release of The Thief Lord, the fantastical New York Times bestseller which Kirkus called "One spellbinding story." Ms. Funke lives in Hamburg, Germany with her family.

Brief Biography

Los Angeles, CA
Date of Birth:
December 10, 1958
Place of Birth:
Dorsten, Germany
University of Hamburg

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Inkheart (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1335 reviews.
shhhDinaisreading More than 1 year ago
I read this book during the winter months, in front of the fireplace... this book really pulled me into the story, like I'd been swept off along with Meggie and all. It has a very unusual plot, the characters are strange, but I couldn't put it down! It begins to unfold in such a way you feel opted to answer the character's questions (the many there are!) All in all, it's difficult to explain. But I loved it! This book was recomended for ages 12... both my friend and I read it (we're 16) and fell in love for it! I am not sure why this book received bashing from the previous reader, but it is so imaginitave. Something very fantasy-oriented, and that's what makes it so much fun!
Doitsu More than 1 year ago
Ever since I first read this book several years ago, I've been completely in love with it, and everyone I've introduced it to has loved it as well. The plot is engaging, the characters believable, and the real-world elements were believable as well. I can't say enough about the characters- they seem as real as anyone I've ever met- when I was reading I could almost hear them in my ear. This book has so much wonderful imagery, dialogue, and scenes that paint pictures in your mind. It's listed as a children's book, but I'm a teenager, and I love it! (My mother's reading it, and she likes it too- there's really no age limit)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
there is no question about it Inkheart is the best book.It should be more famous than Twilight and Harry Potter. The characters are fun and enjoyable.It is just a FANTASTIC READ!!!!!!!!!!!!! i recommend this book to everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reads_a_lot More than 1 year ago
I'm seeing a few bad reviews for this book. I don't intend everyone to like it, but some opinions are just rude and should be kept to self. I personally liked this book a lot. It's a little slow at first, but give it time, it's get great. Inkspell, the second in the trilogy, is even better, so PLEASE just give it a chance!
HeatherM427 More than 1 year ago
The sweet main character is a little girl who loves two things most in the world, her father and books. Suddenly a man from her father's past appears and takes them both into a great and terrifying adventure. Moe(Her father) was always a good man who could read a story so well that it would literally leak off the pages and fill the room. Yet she was always denied an audience for these sessions, because the last time he had tried her mother got sucked into the book in place of a trickser of stories and fire. Now she must rescue everyone and most importantly her father.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Creative and interesting book I have ever read . Highly recommend
christy_wooke More than 1 year ago
I loved this. Fun and smart. Everyone will love this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Come, Come, Come one in all and enter the magical world of Inkheart. Come and meet all the goblins, gools and witches that live in this mystical novel. If you dare to read it out loud, there may be very dire consequences! In this thrilling adventure, Meggie is a nice girl traveling with her father, Mo, who is a bookbinder, or as his daughter calls him, ¿a book doctor¿. Meggie says he can ¿paint pictures in the air with his voice¿, because he and his daughter could read story book characters to life. Dustyfinger, Capricorn, and Basta were read out of their stories and Meggie became completely fascinated by the world from which they came. Mo became very troubled and had to be more cautious than ever with this rare magical ability. Dustyfinger is a fire eater whom Mo accidentally read out of the pages of Inkheart. He has lived in our world for ten years and would risk anything to go back home to the Ink world. Capricorn, the brutal leader of a gang of mercenary fire-raisers, was read out of the pages of Inkheart as well but, unlike Dustyfinger, Capricorn enjoyed his time in this world and made it his business to burn every copy of Inkheart in an attempt to avoid ever returning to the story. Read the book and find out the troubles that Mo encounters in trying to return these characters back to their mystical worlds, set everything back to normal, and avoid his daughter Maggie from becoming more involved in the magic of Inkheart.
I have never read a story like Inkheart, it is truly one of a kind. It allows you to escape to a world of fantasy and draws you into its pages not allowing you to put it down. I would recommend this book to people of all ages who love fantasy, drama and many surprises in between.
The talented author of this novel, Cornelia Funke, does a great job involving you in the story and making you feel like you¿re living it. She is also the author of Inkspell and Inkdeath, sequels to Inkheart. With her novels, this Germany born writer has become a best seller and now enjoys her life with her children in Los Angeles, California.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most enchanting and engrossing novels that I have heard thus far! Meggie, Mo, Dustfinger, and even Capricorn lept of the pages and invited me into their own story. This is an amazing adventure that you won't be able to put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly love this book and the movie. You need to watch and read this book. My friend said it was a good book and let me read it after her. After that the whole school started reading the book... then the trilogy. Read the book you will be addicted and not want to put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inkheart is a very enjoyable book. I would recommend it to people who enjoy acrion and long books! It really is a adicting book tha sucks you into the charectees world. I love the book because of the discription of the setting! Hopefully you will all get a chance to read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Funke does it again, but this time with a fantasy that will keep you enthralled and hoping it will not end. What if characters could be 'read out of' books and come to life? I am sure there are some you wouldn't want to meet in real life and that will give you a hint at some of the story line in this fascinating book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book even over the hunger games. If u have not read it u need to
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Amazing writter, amazing characters, really good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Out of the kids books i loved it. Could not put it down willingly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was such a great book but it was slow at the end in my opionin. Other then that i would reccomend this book to everyone!
T-Moon More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. I didnt think that writers could write a book about books. But trust me Cornelia Funke did it and did it well! This was the best and only book about books I've read and I reccommend it to you to read it. It's action packed, thrilling book. Makes you want to read more of it and guess what? The 2nd and 3rd book is out already so im getting them to read and you wouldnt blame me if you read them too!
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t2stull More than 1 year ago
Great adventure, simple quick book, the detail and story draw you in and you can't help but feel part of the adventure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i saw it in my library last year i was curious so i checked it out and i loved every minute of it the entire book took me a little under an hour to finish reading i renewed it twice and when i brought it back it was amost in need of repair i just kept rereading it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great! It gives the reader exacellent detail.! I couldn't let this book down! Im so glad my friend showed it to me! I dont recommend this book to kids under 11. Its a pretty scary book but always entertains the reader.! I can't wait to read the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inkheart, the book that began the story of Mortimer Fulchart or as he was known to the inhabitans of the Inkworld Silvertounge. Due to his ability to read characters out of books. This is a great book & I do hope you read and enjoy the books. ~Cyclone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful adventure that makes it difficult to put down, but it is the word-craft that takes your breath away. The characters are full of life and energy, as interesting as your best friend, the bully down the street, or the monster under the bed! You will love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kids did not like this book but i did. Interesting story! Too violent for me 8 and 10 year old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that it was really good, if you like fairy tale type things. Im rereading it right now, andit isHUGE, but it is really kind of easy.