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Mo, a gentle bookbinder with an extraordinary secret, and his daughter Meggie love books, yet he has not read aloud to her since her mother disappeared years ago. After a mysterious stranger visits them, Mo tells Meggie they must go into hiding. But why? - and from whom?
Publisher: Frome : Chicken House, 2003.
Branch Call Number: OLDER FICTION
Characteristics: 544 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bell, Anthea
Series Volume: 1.
Custom Field2: Translation of: Tintenherz.


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Who hasn’t wanted to bring a story to life? This is an exhilarating adventure about 12-year old Meggie, her father Mo, and aunt Elinor who are fighting to protect a magical book and its treasures from a villainous group. Meggie must learn to harness the magic in order to save her family. A story ... Read More »

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Aug 23, 2020

Age rating: 9+
Ever since she was a little child, Magic loved to read. Fantasy and fiction, novels and comics, big and small, old and recent, she loved them all. But in all her life, she had never heard her father, Mo, read aloud. Not once.
Then one rainy night, an unexpected visitor who calls himself Dustfinger arrives at their house. Oddly, Mo recognizes him as an old friend. Meggie eavesdrops a little of their conversation--about a book known as Inkheart. A few days later, she and Mo move to her aunt Elinor’s house. Dustfinger is there, too. Mo is suddenly captured by some men in the night--men hunting for Inkheart.
Desperate to find Mo, Meggie urges Elinor to trace him. And so begins a journey that will change her life forever. What will she discover?

Jun 05, 2020

takes awhile to become the magical adventure it is beginning is a bit slow but it gets better

Dec 30, 2019

This was the most magical book I have ever read. Nothing in the world would ever make you love books, stories, and magic as much as this book. I read the whole series and fell in love with fairy tales. It's SO much better than the movie. The movie was great, but the magic isn't felt as wholeheartedly as reading the words on the pages of this novel. If you're looking to fall in love with books and spells, this is the first place you should look.

Oct 28, 2019

The book is very good there are three books

Sep 14, 2019

This book is about a father and his daughter who has the talent for bringing people and things to life by reading out-loud. The characters have interesting talents which I thought were cool. I also thought that the plot was fascinating because it was unique and different from other fantasy type books. The only thing I didn’t like was the swearing in it. I did like how Meggie’s aunt had so many books in her house. Meggie’s dad had an interesting talent for bookbinding and repairing books. Overall I thought it was an excellent book for book lovers.

This book was the first book that had made me love to read. I remember picking up this book in my 5th grade classroom and taking it home to read. I absolutely loved the plot and the concept of the book being about books, and I also really liked the characters. The descriptions in this book include a lot of detail and really made my imagination soar. Anyone who likes adventure will like this book.

Apr 07, 2019


sarahbru17 Nov 04, 2018

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
Audio: 10/10
This was my first ever "favorite book" as a child, and it's still an absolute treasure. I'm pretty sure this book is responsible for turning me into a writer. The characters are funny and dynamic. The setting is immersive. The blend of magic and realism is engaging. And the audio version is enrapturing as well; what a fun narrator!

Jul 31, 2018

After reading many other books, I would say that Inkheart was not that much of an enjoyable book and could've been much better. If you were someone who really enjoyed this book, I would highly suggest that you read the land of stories, which is ​much brighter and enjoyable

Oct 26, 2017

this is a trilogy better than many.
It fulled with magic, excitement and action.
its as good as Harry Potter

-Rocking Roo

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Sep 11, 2020

"The boy gazed at him with eyes full of astonishment- eyes that looked as if they had seen too much already." Page 311

Jan 02, 2019

"It felt almost as if someone were spinning a very fine web around the two of them, a web of secrets and lies closing in on them all the time." Page 55

Jul 28, 2016

Capricorns men where looking for Dustfinger in the wrong place. He hadn`t left the village. He hadn`t even tried. Dustfinger was in Bastas house.

Aug 27, 2015

“Books have to be heavy because the whole world's inside them.”

Jul 05, 2015

"Every book should begin with attractive endpapers. Preferably in a dark color: dark red or dark blue, depending on the binding. When you open the book it's like going to the theater. First you see the curtain. Then it's pulled aside and the show begins."

Chromatic Jul 30, 2011

If you are a dreamer, come in
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A Hope-er, a Pray-er, a Magic Bean buyer,
If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin
Come in!
Come in!

Shel Silverstein (preface)


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Jul 07, 2014

One cruel night, Meggie's father reads aloud from a book called INKHEART-- and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare. For only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever.
This is INKHEART--a timeless tale about books, about imagination, about life. Dare to read it aloud.

Mar 31, 2010

inkheart is a book where meggie and mo rescue meggie's mother and killes capricorn.fenoglio author of inkheart helps them escapese but then ends up in the book himself.

Jul 13, 2009

Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

lucky Oct 23, 2008

Meggie and Mo have found refuge at Meggie's Aunt Elinor's place. But Capricorn is getting impatient, and wants the book back. Will Mo be able to keep it from him?


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