Cornelia Funke
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Meggie’s father, Mo, has an wonderful and sometimes terrible ability. When he reads aloud from books, he brings the characters to life--literally. Mo discovered his power when Maggie was just a baby. He read so lyrically from the the book Inkheart, that several of the book’s wicked characters ended up blinking and cursing on his cottage floor. Then Mo discovered something even worse--when he read Capricorn and his henchmen out of Inkheart, he accidentally read Meggie’s mother in. Meggie, now a young lady, knows nothing of her father's bizarre and powerful talent, only that Mo still refuses to read to her. Capricorn, a being so evil he would "feed a bird to a cat on purpose, just to watch it being torn apart," has searched for Meggie's father for years, wanting to twist Mo's powerful talent to his own dark means. Finally, Capricorn realizes that the best way to lure Mo to his remote mountain hideaway is to use his beloved, oblivious daughter Meggie as bait! Cornelia Funke’s imaginative ode to books and book lovers is sure to be enjoyed by fans of her breakout debut, The Thief Lord, and young readers who enjoyed the similarly themed The Great Good Thing by Roderick Townley. (Ages 10 to 15) --Jennifer Hubert

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Fantasy

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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When Meggie was a baby her father, Mo, read her a story from a book called Inkheart. When he was reading the book, Meggie's mother and three cats got sucked into the book and 3 men named Capricorn, Basta, and Dustfinger appeared in their place. Mo realizes at this point that he has a magical ability----what he reads out loud from a book can turn to reality, but there must always be a replacement for what leaves the book. Meggie is now a young girl about 10 years old. Everything has been going fine in her life since that incident and the three men have not been heard from.

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Inkheart is about a girl, Meggie, whose father can make characters come out of books when he reads that book aloud. He has loosed Capricorn, an evil being from a book, and Capricorn has captured Meggies father. She now has to team up with her fussy aunt and another character to get her father back and send Capricorn back into his book.

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