Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Have you ever wondered what would happen if a character in a book you were reading suddenly came to life? Meggie’s father is a book binder. Nine years ago he read a story aloud called “Inkheart” and accidentally released an evil character from the book into our world! Whenever this happens, of course, a living person is always sent back into the book to replace the one that is let out. That’s why Meggie’s mother disappeared. Now Meggie and her father – and a mysterious man called Dustfinger- have to flee from the villain and find the author for help.
This is book one of a trilogy. Each chapter begins with a quote from a children’s classic where book lovers are given a hint about what may happen next.
Beware of Chapter 14!
“The reason there’s no use looking,” said Mr. Beaver, “is that 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.” – C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
In the book, Dustfinger says, “My dear, you were obviously born into the wrong story.” If you could, which book would you like to be born into? Here are my choices:
Any Harry Potter book by J.K. Rowling – I’d be Ginny Weasley, of course. I’d be a powerful witch born into the brilliant Weasley family, Hermione would be my BFF, and I’d get to marry the hero!
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit – This is so that I, as Winnie, could change the ending of the story by making a different choice. Who doesn’t want to live forever?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – It’s a fantastic love story! If my true nature remained intact when being transported inside this book, I’d most likely be the middle Bennett sister. (Mary is too wrapped up in books to care much about boys.) Stay independent, Mary!
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – DO NOT LAUGH! I would be a smarter version of Bella. I’d pick Jacob.
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith – I fell in love with Cassandra through her journal entries. Read it! You’ll want to help her save her family’s crumbling castle in rural England.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley – I want to be 11-year-old Flavia de Luce solving murder mysteries while riding my bicycle named Gladys, and living in a 1950s English village.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame – When spring comes I, as Mr. Mole, could flee the drudgery of house-cleaning and have adventures on the river with my friend the Water Rat.
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury – Although famous for his works of science fiction, this enchanting book about a little boy name Douglas who lives in Green Town, Illinois in 1928 is pure magic. (Library folk are partial to Bradbury because it was in UCLA’s Powell Library, in a study room with typewriters for rent, that Bradbury wrote his classic story of a book burning future, The Fireman – later changed to Fahrenheit 451. It was later published for a total cost of $9.80, due to the library’s typewriter-rental fees of ten cents per half-hour.)
Quite a Year for Plums by Bailey White – I was afraid this book had disappeared from our collection! Thankfully not, because I connected with this little band of oddballs living in southern Georgia. There’s poor Della who goes crazy trying to paint a picture of Dominique chickens and Roger, the peanut pathologist, whose ex-mother-in-law, Louise, tries to attract outer-space invaders with specific combinations of letters and numbers, and another man who sneaks into a café at night to steal a rare oscillating fan they have above their door.
And my very favorite, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – I wouldn’t choose to be any of the main characters in this book. I just want to be a hobbit and in live in the Shire!
In Inkheart, Meggie says, “Books have to be heavy because the whole world’s inside them.” Look at your own life! It’s a story you write. What does it say? How do you want your story to end?