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by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Sydney Smith

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list price: $12.99
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published: Aug 2020
publisher: HarperCollins

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 is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide and been adapted into an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn won a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award and the Canadian Governor General¹s Literary Award for children¹s literature; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children¹s Novel of the Year by the London Times. He is also the author of This Dark Endeavor and Such Wicked Intent. Born on Canada¹s Vancouver Island, he has lived in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, Canada, and in England and Ireland and now resides in Toronto with his wife and children. Visit him at kennethoppel.com.
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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
8 to 12
3 to 7
  • , Sundogs Award (Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Awards)
  • , New York Times Notable
  • , Red Cedar Book Award (B.C.'s Young Readers' Choice Awards)
  • , Silver Birch Award Finalist
  • , Quill & Quire Best Book
  • , Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • , CYBILS Awards
  • , Saskatchewan Young Reader’s Choice Award - Diamond Willow Award
  • , Amazon.com Best Books of the Year
  • , CBC Best Book 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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