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Inkheart (original title: Tintenherz) is a young adult-child fantasy novel by Cornelia Funke, and the first book of the Inkworld trilogy.

The book is about a 12-year-old girl named Meggie Folchart whose life changes dramatically when she realizes that her father, a bookbinder named Mortimer (Mo), has an unusual ability: when he reads aloud, he can bring characters from books into the real world. Meggie and Mo's adventure takes them throughout Europe, particularly Italy, and brings them into contact with many unusual characters. The sequel, Inkspell, was released on October 1, 2005; and the third book in the trilogy, Inkdeath was released September 28, 2008.

The Author

Cornelia Funke

The German author, Cornelia Funke was born 1958 in Dorsten, Westphalia. Following university, she worked for three years as a social worker in an educational project, working with children from difficult backgrounds. Following a post-graduate course in book illustration at the Hamburg State College of Design, she worked as a designer of board games and as an illustrator of children's books. Disappointment in the way some of the stories were told, combined with her desire to draw fabulous creatures and magical worlds, rather than familiar situations of school and home, she was inspired to write her own stories for young readers.

During her time as a social worker, she had worked with children from deprived backgrounds and discovered the sorts of stories that grasped their imaginations. These were the stories she wanted to write – ones that would appeal to bookish children and to inspire those children who hadn’t had yet had positive reading experiences.

As a reader, Cornelia has always loved good fantasy, particularly British fantasy authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, C. S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia, and J. M Barrie’s Peter Pan. Cornelia Funke’s own success is now international, demonstrating the universal appeal – and power – of her storytelling.

Cornelia Funke researches for each novel meticulously. For example, before writing Inkheart, she researched about booksellers, book collectors, book thieves and even book murderers as well as reading about martens and fire eaters. She then imagined the characters and the places they might go, writes down plot lines for the first 20 chapters. Then, and only then - after about six months – she writes the first sentence. A major novel will take her about a year to write. She always does her own sketches – in pen and ink (her grandfather was a famous etcher), she creates a picture of her own characters to help her write about them.

Three of the four novels she has published with Scholastic are being made into movies – The Thief Lord, Inkheart and Dragon Rider! Inkspell is her newest novel that was published in Fall 2005.

As of 2006 she lives in Los Angeles with her 16-year-old daughter Anna and 11-year-old son, Ben. Sadly, her husband, Rolf, died of cancer in March 2006. They had been married for 26 years.

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