- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 0650 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (November 6, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 152477281X
- ISBN-13: 978-1524772819
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Inkling Hardcover – November 6, 2018
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Praise for INKLING!
"Astounding."–New York Times Book Review
"This masterful novel is funny, sad, and profound all at once. Kenneth Oppel has created many unusual protagonists during his stellar career, but his inventiveness reaches a whole new level with Inkling, an inkblot that is fully and vividly alive." —Quill and Quire, Starred
"Inkling is at turns hilarious, when he mimics the language of the books he reads, and poignant, when he wonders about his identity and purpose. The undercurrent of loss and grief, not to mention questions of agency and personhood, give the story weight, but do not weigh it down. Smith's energetic and expressive ink drawings are the perfect complement and contribute to the storytelling in playful ways. Oppel’s latest is
serious fun." —Booklist
"A unique story about the creative process and the journey through grief." —SLJ
"Sweet and funny." —Kirkus Reviews
"A true-to-life family, some can't-put-it-down excitement, a few deep questions, and more than a little bit of magic. This book is everything, and I loved every page." —Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medalist for When You Reach Me
"Inkling 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." —Carl Hiaasen, Newbery Honor Winner for Hoot
"Inkling’s evolving abilities model a realistic creative arc—the creature mimics its most recent literary meal (“I’M UTTERLY ENRAPTURED” follows a stint with L.M. Montgomery) until it eventually discovers its own voice—even as the other characters work through grief and find their own stories."—Publishers Weekly
"An enjoyable read for budding young artists." —The Bulletin
About the Author
KENNETH OPPEL is one of the most highly regarded authors of middle-grade fiction writing today. Among his books is the 2015 middle-grade novel The Nest, which received six starred reviews, was the Canadian Library Association's 2016 Book of the Year, a New York Times Editors' Choice, and was included on several notable "Best of 2015" lists, as well as Airborn, a 2005 Printz Honor Book. Find him online at www.kennethoppel.ca and @KennethOppel.
SYDNEY SMITH is the illustrator of many award-winning picture books, including Smoot, A Rebellious Shadow by Michelle Cuevas, Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson, and Town is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, for which he was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal. Sydney lives with his family in Toronto, Canada. You can find him on Twitter @Sydneydraws.
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Because of his father's depression, Ethan Rylance is dealing with having to assume adult responsibilities, as well as school projects, and a younger sister who adores him. Ethan's father, a graphic novelist created the highly popular Kren, a mutant superhero, but has suffered from writer's block since the death of his wife. He drifts through life barely aware that Ethan and his younger sister exist. Late one evening, some ink inexplicably slithers out of one of Mr. Rylance's sketchbooks and makes its way to Ethan's room. Upon discovering this phenomenon, Ethan begins talking to the ink and names him "Inkling". He "feeds" Inkling various printed items; Inkling begins to speak and to help Ethan with a school project. Ethan's rival, Vika Worthington, is the daughter of Mr. Rylance's employer; she suspects Mr. Rylance is drawing the illustrations that Ethan adds to his group's project. Upon learning of Inkling's existence and his artistic skill, she "kidnaps" him in order to help her father whose business is failing. The ensuing developments are exciting and filled with both humor and gentle lessons.
"Inkling" is a marvelous book for any reader. The characters, Inkling and Blotter, are quirky and add many original and humorous aspects to what could have been a standard middle school story. Chapters are short and the vocabulary is not difficult. Situations are appropriate for even youngsters as a read-aloud bedtime story. One development in the book will allow Kenneth Oppel, if he desires to do so, to continue "Inkling" as a series. I hope he does! This is one book I will be recommending to others - 5-stars.
This is the dilemma that Ethan Rylance is in. So imagine his surprise when he discovers a funny little blob of ink that seems to be alive and has a mind of it’s own. He learns, he eats ink, he can hear, and communicate! His name is Inkling! Inkling agrees to help Ethan with his group project by drawing the panels and even agrees to teach him how to draw. But when a profit-hungry publishing company looking for the next best seller discovers Inkling, they steal him with the intention of using him to create a new graphic novel series. What will Ethan do and how will he be able to rescue his little friend?
Great themes of friendship and family are interwoven with the creative storyline. Ethan struggles with the responsibility of helping take care of his little sister, who has Down syndrome, and coping with the loss of his mother. Inkling seems to be the relief that Ethan needs in his life, which is why their bond is so strong. I loved that Ethan cared for Inkling, feeding him novels like The BFG, The Old Man and the Sea and Anne of Green Gables, so that Inkling could learn and become intelligent. And I loved that Inkling cared for Ethan by being a sounding board when Ethan had worries on his mind.
Inkling by Kenneth Oppel is one of the most imaginative books I’ve read in a long time! It will be a treat for middle grade readers age 8-12!
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for allowing me to read this E-ARC!