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Inkling

by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Sydney Smith

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publisher: HarperCollins
Description

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 is the author of Skybreaker and Airborn (winner of the Governor General’s Award), as well as the Silverwing Saga (Silverwing, Sunwing and Firewing), which has sold over one million copies worldwide and has won numerous prizes, including the Mr. Christie’s Book Award and the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, as well as many children’s choice awards across the country. His other titles include Peg and the Whale, Dead Water Zone and The Live-Forever Machine. Voted children’s author of the year by Canadian booksellers in 2006, he lives in Toronto with his wife and three children. You can find him online at kennethoppel.ca and on Twitter at @kennethoppel.

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Sydney Smith is a NSCAD University graduate living in Toronto. Well-known for his artwork for local musicians, he is the illustrator of The Dread Crew, Mabel Murple, There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen, and Toes in My Nose. His cover art for Migration Songs won Saltyink.com’s “Judge a Book By Its Cover” competition.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
8 to 12
Grade:
3 to 7
Awards
  • , CBC Best Book of the Year
  • , CYBILS Awards
  • , Quill & Quire Best Book
  • , New York Times Notable
  • , Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • , Amazon.com Best Books of the Year
Editorial Reviews

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

— <em>CM Magazine</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 unique story about the creative process and the journey through grief.”

— <em>School Library Journal</em>

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

— <em>Kirkus Reviews</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>

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