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Inkling

by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Sydney Smith

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The Rylance family is stuck. Dad's got writer's block. Ethan promised to illustrate a group project at school—even though he can't draw. Sarah's still pining for a puppy. And they all miss Mom. So much more than they can say.

Enter Inkling. Inkling begins life in Mr. Rylance's sketchbook. But one night the ink of his drawings runs together—and then leaps off the page! This small burst of creativity is about to change everything.

Ethan finds him first. Inkling has absorbed a couple chapters of his math book—not good—and the story he's supposed to be illustrating for school—also not good. But Inkling's also started drawing the pictures to go with the story—which is amazing! It's just the help Ethan was looking for! Inkling helps the rest of the family too—for Sarah he's a puppy. And for Dad he's a spark of ideas for a new graphic novel. It's exactly what they all want.

It's not until Inkling goes missing that this family has to face the larger questions of what they—and Inkling—truly need.

Kenneth Oppel has given us a small masterpiece of middle-grade fiction. Inkling is funny and fizzy and exciting, and brimming with the kind of interesting ideas and dilemmas that kids will love to wrestle with. And Sydney Smith has created wonderfully inky illustrations to bring the story to vivid life. Get ready. A little ink blot is about to become your new favorite character!

 

About the Authors

Kenneth Oppel

KENNETH OPPEL wrote his first novel at age fourteen and hasn’t looked back. His books include the Silverwing series, which has sold over a million copies around the world; Airborn, winner of a Governor General’s Award and the Michael L. Printz Award; and his latest, Inkling, which the New York Times called “astonishing.” Ken Oppel lives with his family in Toronto. You can find him online at kennethoppel.ca and on Twitter at @kennethoppel.

 

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Sydney Smith was born in rural Nova Scotia and has been drawing from an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated numerous children’s books, including the highly acclaimed wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers, conceived by Jon Arno Lawson, which won a Governor General’s Award, among many other honours, and was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book. He is also the illustrator of Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, for which he was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal, and which won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Prize. Small in the City is the first picture book that Sydney has written as well as illustrated. He lives and works in Toronto with his wife and son.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
8 to 12
Grade:
3 to 7
Awards
  • , Amazon.com Best Books of the Year
  • , CBC Best Book of the Year
  • , Sundogs Award (Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Awards)
  • , New York Times Notable
  • , Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • , Red Cedar Book Award (B.C.'s Young Readers' Choice Awards)
  • , CYBILS Awards
  • , Saskatchewan Young Reader’s Choice Award - Diamond Willow Award
  • , Quill & Quire Best Book
Editorial Reviews

“Highly engrossing, stunningly imaginative . . . A masterpiece.”

— <em>CM Magazine</em>

“This masterful novel is funny, sad, and profound all at once . . . a tender story about art, love, loss, and healing.”

— <em>Quill & Quire (starred review)</em>

“Astonishing…. With each page, we feel Ethan’s tension growing, his father’s anxieties looming larger and larger.”

— <em>New York Times Book Review</em>

“Inking is so clever and intriguing that it deserves a bookshelf all to itself. Once you’re done reading, you’ll want to keep a very close eye on it.”

— <strong>Carl Hiaasen</strong>, author of <em>Hoot</em>

“A sweet and funny story about an unusual friendship.”

— <em>Kirkus Reviews</em>

“A unique story about the creative process and the journey through grief.”

— <em>School Library Journal</em>

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