Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
About the book:
While Elinor pines for her family trapped in Inkworld they struggle to survive in a world that is ruled by chaos and cruelty. When Mo bound mortality for Adderhead inside a book he thought it would soon be destroyed by his clever insertion of every books worst enemy: water. But the Adderhead lives, though he is deteriorating like the book that keeps him alive. Frustrated, he threatens the children of Ombra with slavery if Mo does not restore the white book. But Mo is busy acting out the epic and heroic battles of Bluejay whose identity he has claimed as his own. Resa (expecting their child) and Meggie are conflicted about staying in Inkworld with the violence and cursed rulers. Will the self-serving Orpheus stop counting his silver long enough to bring Dustfinger back to help rid the world of Adderhead? Can Fengolio ever forgive himself for creating so many fatherless children in Ombra? Will Mo sacrifice himself so the children of Ombra may live free? Read the stunning conclusion to the Inkheart trilogy to find out!
Discuss the ending of Inkspell. What was resolved? What questions remain open? Who is in power? Predict what Mo and his family will do.
Review the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Which one most makes you want to read the book? Why?
Write a scene that is five years after the close of the novel. Reveal what has happened to your favorite character and their worst enemy in the style of Cornelia Funke.
Write a letter from Meggie to her little brother about the differences between Inkworld and home.
Understanding the relationship between cause and effect can help a reader understand the connections between character motivations and events. Create a chart that traces the causes and effects of the major events in the story.
With a partner or small group write a reader’s theater script for your favorite scene in the book. Perform it for your class.
Mold destroys the entire library at the Castle on the Lake. Research the properties of mold and its effects on property and people’s health.
Produce a commercial or book trailer for the whole Inkheart trilogy. Entice readers into the story with your understanding of the series without giving away anything! Share with your class or upload to the internet.
Design the costumes for five of the characters in the novel. Think about the color, texture, and style of each design (you may want to explore swatches in a fabric store, which are usually free if you ask). Make notes on any extraordinary make-up that would be necessary for your costume to convince an audience as well.
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Books Mentioned in Inkheart
1001 Arabian Nights (Oxford Story Collections), retold by Geraldine McCaughrean. Oxford, 2000.
These stories told by the wily Shaharazad to save her life are full of adventure, treasure, magic, and heroism.
Barrie, Sir James Matthew. Peter Pan. (Scholastic Classics) Scholastic, 2002.
Peter Pan, aided by his companion Tinker Bell, is the leader of the Lost Boys in Neverland who battle the wicked Captain Hook and his pirates.
Ende, Michael. The Neverending Story. Puffin, 1996
Bastian Balthazar Bux enters the enchanted world of Fantastica through the pages of an ancient and mysterious book to rescue the fairy people who live there.
Goldman, William. The Princess Bride. Ballantine, 1990.
A story of love, hatred, giants, dwarves, courage, cowardice, revenge, escape, truth, lies, fantastical beasts, and a satisfying end.
Silverstein, Shel. Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings. HarperCollins, 1974.
Silverstein’s poems about everything from unicorns to television sets are characterized by sly humor and insight that have delighted countless readers.
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Treasure Island (Scholastic Classics) Scholastic, 2001.
This classic tale of Jim Hawkins’ adventures on the high seas with the villainous Long John Silver has been a favorite of many generations.
White, T. H. The Sword in the Stone, illus by Dennis Nolan. Philomel, 1993.
Merlin oversees the education of the Wart, who will grow up to become Arthur, the Once and Future King of Britain.
Crossley-Holland, Kevin. The Seeing Stone. Scholastic, 2001.
A boy named Arthur, living in 13th century England, watches a story unfolding in a magic stone – the story of the birth and growth of his namesake, the great legendary King of Britain. His story continues in At the Crossing Places (Scholastic, 2002).
Mahy, Margaret. The Great Piratical Rumbustification & the Librarian and the Robbers. David R. Godine, 2001.
Imagine having a gang of pirates as your babysitters or a librarian who can charm bloodthirsty bandits by reading aloud to them.
Sanvoisin, Eric. The Ink Drinker. Delacorte, 1998
A boy watches a weird man in his father’s bookstore silently sipping the words out of the books; following him to a nearby graveyard, he discovers that the ghoulish stranger is a vampire who lives on ink rather than blood.
Townley, Roderick. The Great Good Thing. Atheneum, 2001.
12 year old Princess Sylvie breaks out of the book in which she is a character and into the dreams of her Reader, leading other characters to a new existence where they have to make up their own story, and remind the girl who loves them of the importance of their story.