Plot: Twelve year old Meggie has discovered that her father, Mo, can read characters to life from the pages of books. When Meggie was just a baby, Mo accidentally read an evil ruler named Capricorn and a fire-eater named Dustfinger from the book Inkheart while reading to her mother. However, in return Meggie’s mother was sucked into the book, never to be seen again. Now years later Capricorn is trying to get Mo to read out a horrible monster and treasures, while Dustfinger is trying to get Mo to read him back in to his world of Inkheart. The only problem is Mo doesn’t do that anymore because he doesn’t want to risk bringing something to this world that is horrible or sending some poor unsuspecting person to Inkheart. So, Capricorn decides to kidnap Meggie.
Review: This book is all about the magic of being able to bring your favorite storybook characters to life. Although, it is not all butterflies and sunshine when the evil ruler Capricorn is trying to force you to read him riches and immortal monsters into your world or the poor Dustfinger who just wants to go back home to the world inside the book. Mo and Meggie end up on an unsuspecting adventure that will threaten their lives, but may earn them a person they have been looking for for a very long time. Each chapter begins with a quote from other literary authors ranging from Shakespeare to Sendak. Though this book is quite long, you will be able to fly right through it in no time at all.
Genre: Fantasy/Fairy Tale
Reading Level/Interest Level: 5.9/5-8 graders
Similar Materials: The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman, Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis
Reader’s Advisory: This book is part of a trilogy, the next two books are Inkspell and Inkdeath. They were originally written in Germany and translated from German to English for sale in America. They made Inkheart into a movie, but ended it so that they would not have to create a sequel. In my opinion, the books are better than the movie, as is usually the case. This is a great book for children who love books and dream of being a part of the books they read.