A book can transport you to the middle of the jungle as you sit reading it in the busy cafeteria at school or take you back to the middle ages with jousting knights and damsels in distress as you ride the crowded bus home after school. Some authors even use their words to create vivid, life like- pop off of the page characters. Reading can be magical- we all know that. That's the number one reason why we all search and look for those books and stories that can carry us away. After reading Inkheart by Cornelia Funke you will have even a lager passion for that feeling thanks to the incredible story and characters that she has created. You will want to read even more and possibly fill up you house with books even like Aunt Elinor.
Inkheart is a story that starts off simple enough. Meggie and her father, Mo, move around a lot thanks to his job as a book "doctor" and his passion for books which he has passed on to his daughter. Their somewhat normal and quite life changes when a man name Dustfinger shows up on their lawn. As Meggie comes to find out Dustfinger is not from their city or even their world. Nine years ago her father read aloud from the book Inkheart and he truly made the characters pop off of the pages. Dustifinger, along with several other characters from the story, were transported from the pages of the book into our world. With Capricorn as their leader they want to do no good for this new world they have discovered. With kidnappings, fires, and a bit of magic we discover more than just a passion for reading has been passed down from father to daughter.
I would defiantly recommend Inkheart to all teen readers. Even though it is labeled as fantasy (which may push some readers away) the fairy and troll elements are kept to a minimum. It is an amazing story and will make your passion (and physical care) for books even deeper.
P.S. The even better news is that Inkheart is a trilogy! I look forward to reading the next book, Inkspell!