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Funke, Cornelia Caroline.
New York : Scholastic, 2003.
IL 5-8, RL 7.0
ISBN 0439531640

(3 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Have you ever been so involved with a book that you feel you know the characters personally?  Almost like you know them so well that you can make them come to life?  What if someone could read the characters out of a book?  Meggie often wondered why her father, a man who loved books, never read to her.  He didn't even teach her to read.  What would make a man who loved books so much stop reading out loud.  Well, it's because, many years ago, his reading made the characters come to life.  And his wife was sent into the story.  This wasn't some nice book with nice characters.  Oh no.  This was a book with evil characters.  And they were the ones who came out.   Meggie's father has spent years hiding from these characters but they have now found him.  And they want him to read again.  To read more characters to life.

Booktalk #2

Can you imagine having such fine reading skills that you can ‘read’ real gold out of Treasure Island?  Inkheart is a tale of adventure, magic, escape, danger, and intrigue.  Although the book is rather lengthy, it is very exciting and will keep you turning the pages to find out what mystery will unfold next.  Mo is a bookbinder and has passed on his great love of books to his daughter Meggie; however, he has never read aloud to her.  When a stranger named Dustfinger appears at their home, Meggie's world turns upside down. She soon learns some startling truths — about her mother's disappearance nine years earlier and the mysterious book called Inkheart that her father tries desperately to hide.  She learns the reason Mo has never read aloud to her.  He has a secret, mysterious, dangerous gift.  When he reads aloud, objects and characters come out of the books . . . a skill he discovered when Capricorn, the dark villain of Inkheart (“whose wicked heart is black as ink”), came into the world when Meggie was three . . . which was exactly the same time that Meggie’s mother suddenly disappeared.  Since that time, Mo has spent years hiding from Capricorn and other characters that were read out of Inkheart.  Now, he and Meggie have been found and they will not be left alone.  Even Capricorn’s creator, Fenoglio, the author of Mo’s book Inkheart, gets involved with Meggie and Mo to foil Capricorn’s new evil plans.  It’s a high speed adventure as Meggie tries to save her family and everything she has ever held dear to her heart from the ‘inkhearted’ Capricorn.  (Tami Huggins, South Carolina Book Awards, 2006)

Booktalk #3

It had worked! Dustfinger had finally found someone to read him back into the book Inkheart. He had even managed to leave Gwin behind. The book had been written such that Dustfinger would die trying to save Gwin, but if Gwin wasn't there . . . Unfortunately the boy Farid hadn't accompanied him as he had requested, but that might actually be a good thing. Just so long as Basta and Mortola were left behind also. Life was good. Until Farid went to Meggie who read herself and Farid and, unintentionally Gwin, into the book. And Orpheus read Basta and Mortola back into the book along with Meggie's mother Resa and her father Mo. The story had begun to take on a life of its own and even Fenoglio, the author of the book and now a character in it, began to lose control. Sam Marsh Oct, 2005 (From Booktalking Colorado, Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 2006-2007

SUBJECTS:     Books and reading -- Fiction.
                        Characters in literature -- Fiction.
                        Magic -- Fiction.
                        Bookbinding -- Fiction.
                        Authorship -- Fiction.
                        Italy -- Fiction.


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