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.
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)
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
Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 2006-2007