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Inkling

by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Sydney Smith

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published: Aug 2020
ISBN:9781443450294
publisher: HarperCollins
Description

Get ready—a little ink blot is about to become your new best friend

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. Then one night the ink of his drawings runs together—and leaps off the page! This small burst of creativity is about to change everything.

Ethan finds him first. Inkling has absorbed a couple of 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 Ethan’s 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 wanted.

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

With this book, Kenneth Oppel has given us a small masterpiece of middle-grade fiction. Inkling is funny and fizzy and exciting, and it brims 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.

 

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

SYDNEY SMITH is an illustrator born and bred in Nova Scotia. He attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has been in Halifax since receiving his BFA in 2006. Since then, he has collaborated with many musicians and authors, including two children's books with Sheree Fitch. He was awarded the Mayor's Award for Mable Murple in 2011.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
8 to 12
Grade:
3 to 7
Awards
  • , Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • , Silver Birch Award Finalist
  • , CYBILS Awards
  • , Amazon.com Best Books of the Year
  • , Quill & Quire Best Book
  • , Sundogs Award (Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Awards)
  • , Red Cedar Book Award (B.C.'s Young Readers' Choice Awards)
  • , CBC Best Book of the Year
  • , Saskatchewan Young Reader’s Choice Award - Diamond Willow Award
  • , New York Times Notable
Editorial Reviews

“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>

“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>

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

— <em>CM Magazine</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>

“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>

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