Inkheart by: Cornelia Funke

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

“Ask him why he doesn’t read aloud to you,” said Dustfinger. “And don’t let him put you off with excuses.”
“What do you mean?” Meggie straightened up, feeling cross. “He doesn’t like reading aloud, that’s all.”

Meggie and her dad, Mo are an incomplete family. Meggie’s mother left when she was little, and Mo has never told her why or where.
Meggie and Mo usually tell each other things, but Mo has been hiding a secret that’s gotten too big to handle.

One night, when Meggie is about to go to bed, she sees a man standing outside of their house. Alarmed, she tells Mo, but to her surprise, instead of turning him out, he lets the man inside. They act like old acquaintances, and in a way, they are. Mo tells Meggie to go to bed, but she disobeys, instead she listens to their conversation.
“Oh yes? And for how much longer, do you think? What about your daughter? Are you telling me she actually likes moving around the whole time? Believe me, I know what I’m talking about.” (Dustfinger)

Soon after the conversation, Meggie, Mo, and Dustfinger go to her aunt Elinor’s house. From then on, everything just gets crazier.  From a guy who’s superstitious but loves his knife, to a very wicked leader who will do anything to get his hands on the last book of Inkheart, Meggie somehow gets caught in the middle of it all!

This book is a great read, and it’s even enjoyable to read it over and over again. It never loses its magic. (The entire series: Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath is amazing.)

People who enjoy Percy Jackson and Harry Potter will probably love this book.
It’s fast paced, and it starts out fresh. Another part I liked about the book is that before each chapter, there is an excerpt from another book that kind of highlights what will happen in each chapter.

Chapter One: A Stranger in the Night
“The moon shone in the rocking horse’s eye, and in the mouse’s eye, too, when Tolly fetched it out from under his pillow to see. The clock went tick-tock, and in the stillness he thought he heard little bare feet running across the floor, then laughter and whispering, and a sound like the pages of a big book being turned over.”
L. M. Boston, The Children of Green Knowe

There are lots of things I could say about this book, but why talk when you can read? I rate this an easy 5/5, and I’m sure you will too.

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