Inkling by Oppel, Kenneth (#1240FP9)



by Oppel, Kenneth; illustrated by Smith, Sydney
Hardcover Alfred A. Knopf, 2018


From the Publisher
"Astonishing"--The New York Times Book Review

A brilliantly funny, highly illustrated story about how a little ink splot changes a family forever. Perfect for those who love Hoot, Holes, or Frindle!

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.

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.

* A New York Times Notable Book
* A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year -- top ten selection
* "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
Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 09/01/18
  • New York Times, 11/11/18
  • Publishers Weekly, 10/01/18
  • Resource Links, 10/01/18
  • School Library Journal, 09/01/18
Product Details
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Publication Date: November 6, 2018
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction
  • Description: 256 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Tracings: Smith, Sydney, 1980- illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-52477-281-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-52477-281-9
  • Follett Number: 1240FP9
  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Reading Level: 4.6
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.6
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 7
  • AR Quiz: 198303EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 3.7
  • Reading Counts Points: 11
  • Lexile: 650L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: W