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Cornelia Funke - Author

About the Author

The German author Cornelia Funke was born in 1958 in Dorsten, Westphalia. As a child she dreamed of becoming an astronaut – until she discovered the military training involved so she trained to be social worker. During her time as a social worker, Cornelia discovered the kinds of stories that grasped their imaginations. These were the stories she wanted to illustrate – and ultimately to write – the kind that would appeal to bookish children as well as inspiring those children who hadn’t yet had many positive reading experiences. At the age of 35 Cornelia realised her true love of storytelling and became a full-time writer. She has since written over 40 titles ranging from picture books and short novels for young readers

Although she quickly became one of the most popular children’s authors in Germany, Cornelia Funke was hardly known in Britain or the United States – and had it not been for a keen young reader, this could still be the case. Barry Cunningham, the publisher of a small, innovative publishing house in rural England called The Chicken House, received a letter from a bilingual (English and German) young reader, who wanted to know why her favourite author wasn’t published in English. Barry set about the task of tracking down the latest title from Cornelia Funke, Herr der Diebe.

When the English translation, The Thief Lord, was published in the USA by Scholastic in 2002, it entered the New York Times bestseller list straightaway, and proceeded to climb to the number two position.

There has been enormous interest in Cornelia’s novels, with fierce bidding by film company executives for the rights. The Thief Lord movie, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Alexei Sayle, was released in Spring 2006.

Inkheart the movie is released on 12th December 2008, has a stellar cast that includes Helen Mirren as Elinor, Jim Broadbent as Fenoglio and Paul Bettany as Dustfinger.

Cornelia Funke lives in Los Angeles in the USA with her teenage daughter, Anna, and young son, Ben (Benjy). They have a crazy dog, Luna, nicknamed Loonie, and their house is crammed with books and DVDs.

Featured books by Cornelia Funke

Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh (Mirrorworld)

Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh (Mirrorworld)

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/09/2016

Best-selling author Cornelia Funke, whose Inkheart was a world-wide phenomenon, has created a wonderful imaginary world peopled with a gigantic cast of original and outlandish characters. Searching for his missing father, Jacob Reckless steps through the mirror into a strange, story-filled world in which danger is never very far away. When Jacob mistakenly allows his brother to follow him through the mirror he discovers the awesome powers he is working against and needs to use all his skill and cunning to save his brother from a horrible death as he is gradually turned to stone. Cornelia Funke’s original storytelling captures the hearts and minds of all young readers. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Reckless II: Living Shadows (Mirrorworld)

Reckless II: Living Shadows (Mirrorworld)

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/09/2016

Best-selling Cornelia Funke has an exceptional gift for creating gloriously gothic otherworlds in which the unusual and seemingly impossible can – and does- happen. Part two of the Mirrrorworld series, Living Shadows, follows The Petrified Flesh and catches up with Jacob who desperately seeks a cure to overcome the curse imposed on him by the fairies. Jacob’s cure is such a dark magic that it must be deeply hidden; the search for it takes him where no one should tread. That would be dangerous enough but, worse still, someone else is desperate for the cure too.  Luckily, Fox, a shape shifting girl is willing to help in the quest.  ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Inkheart

Inkheart

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/10/2008

Impeccably written, this is a real treasure trove of imagination, nail-biting drama and characters so cleverly drawn that you feel you know every one of them personally. Inkworld is a marvellous place of magical realism, full of adventure, passion and excitement and you’ll feel utterly compelled to read this one and its sequels Inkspell and Inkdeath.   Inkheart the movie, released on 12th December 2008, stars among others Helen Mirren, Eliza Bennett and Jim Broadbent and has been made by the makers of The Lord of the Rings and The Golden Compass.   Click here to see the trailer..  

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Reckless

Reckless

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/12/2015

Traicionada por el rey Kami'en, el Hada Oscura buscara un remedio para olvidar su gran amor por el. Por su parte, Jacob Reckless tendra que enfrentar las consecuencias de haber cerrado un trato magico para salvar la vida de su amada Fux. Juntos, se adentraran como nunca antes en el mundo al otro lado del espejo y viajaran al oriente entre zares, espias, alfombras voladoras, palacios y sombrios bosques. Mientras tanto, Will Reckless emprendera la desesperada caza del hada para salvar a su amada Clara del profundo sueno en el que Jugador la ha sumergido. Las busquedas de esta historia estaran guiadas por el misterioso hilo de oro, tan inquebrantable que hasta las mismas hadas parecen desvalidas ante su poder...

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Reckless III: The Golden Yarn

Reckless III: The Golden Yarn

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/06/2017

The third book in Cornelia Funke's internationally bestselling Reckless series After a perilous encounter with an Alder Elf, Jacob must journey into the enchanted Mirrorworld once again. Together with Fox, his beautiful shapeshifting friend, Jacob has no choice but to follow his brother on the trail of the Dark Fairy, who has fled deep into the East: to a land of folklore, Cossacks, spies, time-eating witches and flying carpets. But what exactly is the Dark One running from? The third book in the series, The Golden Yarn is a thrilling tale of courage and fear, jealousy and forbidden desire; in which love has the power both to save a life - and to destroy it.

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Other books by Cornelia Funke

The Aurelia Curse

The Aurelia Curse

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/10/2021

The third dragon adventure from the legendary author of Inkheart, Cornelia Funke - over one million English language copies of DRAGON RIDER sold worldwide, and now a major movie on Sky Cinema! 'A warm-hearted dream of a book.' THE GUARDIAN on Dragon Rider Ben and the Greenblooms must protect a mythical new creature rising from the ocean that can bring light or darkness to whoever it first meets - a vast, mythical Aurelia. It's a race against time to protect it, for if the Aurelia is hurt, all fabulous creatures will vanish from Earth. In the end though, it may take the arrival of the original silver dragon, Firedrake, to help save them all ... * Dragons, myth and magic unite in the third instalment of Cornelia Funke's bestselling epic fantasy-adventure series! * Dragon Rider has now been adapted for the big screen in a major animation with a stellar cast including Felicity Jones and Patrick Stewart, available on Sky Cinema. * Features stunning cover artwork and maps from Laura Ellen Anderson.

Gawain Greytail and the Terrible Tab

Gawain Greytail and the Terrible Tab

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2021

Sir Tristan and his cat Terrible Tab have decimated the mouse population of Raven Castle. Can the last survivors defeat the ferocious feline with the help of some homemade armour and a heroic mouse knight? A brilliant fantasy adventure from global bestseller Cornelia Funke, now in a hi-lo, dyslexia-friendly format for the struggling middle grade reader.

Inkdeath (2020 reissue)

Inkdeath (2020 reissue)

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2020

The third and final book in Cornelia Funke's internationally celebrated trilogy - magical, thrilling and mesmerising. 'I don't think I've ever read anything that conveys so well the joys, terrors and pitfalls of reading' Diana Wynne Jones on Inkheart Life in the Inkworld has been far from easy since the extraordinary events of Inkspell, when the story of Inkheart magically drew Meggie, Mo and Dustfinger back into its pages. With Dustfinger dead, and the evil Adderhead now in control, the story in which they are all caught has taken an unhappy turn. Even Elinor, left alone in the real world, believes her family to be lost - lost between the covers of a book. But as winter comes on there is reason to hope - if only Meggie and Mo can rewrite the wrongs of the past and make a dangerous pact with death.

Inkheart (2020 reissue)

Inkheart (2020 reissue)

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2020

A gorgeous new edition of the first book in Cornelia Funke's internationally celebrated trilogy - magical, thrilling and mesmerising. 'I don't think I've ever read anything that conveys so well the joys, terrors and pitfalls of reading' Diana Wynne Jones Meggie loves stories, but her father, Mo, hasn't read to her since her mother disappeared. When a stranger knocks at their door, Mo is forced to reveal an extraordinary secret - when he reads aloud, words come alive, and dangerous characters step out of the pages. Suddenly Meggie is living the kind of adventure she has only read about in books, but this one will change her life for ever ... A thrilling and magical adventure about stories and the imagination they inspire Also a major film from the makers of The Lord of the Rings, starring Andy Serkis, Paul Bettany and Brendan Fraser! The adventure continues in books 2 and 3, Inkspell and Inkdeath Cornelia Funke is the critically-acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of Dragon Rider and The Thief Lord

Inkspell (2020 reissue)

Inkspell (2020 reissue)

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2020

The second book in Cornelia Funke's internationally celebrated trilogy - magical, thrilling and mesmerising. 'I don't think I've ever read anything that conveys so well the joys, terrors and pitfalls of reading' Diana Wynne Jones Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of the extraordinary events of Inkheart, and the story whose characters strode out of the pages, and changed her life for ever. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater, torn from his world of words, the need to return has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the magical ability to read him back, he sets in motion a dangerous reversal that sees the characters of Inkheart transported to a charmed Inkworld, about to be fought over by rival rebels and princes ... A thrilling and magical series about stories and the imagination they inspire Book 1, Inkheart, is now a major movie starring Andy Serkis, Paul Bettany and Brendan Fraser! The adventure continues in book 3, Inkdeath Cornelia Funke is the critically-acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of Dragon Rider and The Thief Lord

Through the Water Curtain and other Tales from Around the World

Through the Water Curtain and other Tales from Around the World

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/11/2019

International bestselling children's author Cornelia Funke has long been inspired and fascinated by fairy tales. This wonderful anthology is Funke's personal selection of fairy tales from all around the world - not just from her native Germany but from Russia, Japan and the Native American tradition. It's the perfect Christmas gift for any young reader wishing to discover the wider world of fairy tales. This wonderful selection of 13 tales includes: The Tale of the Firebird (Russia) The Boy Who Drew Cats (Japan) The Frog Princess (Ukraine) The Six Swans (Germany) The Girl Who Gave a Knight a Kiss out of Necessity (Sweden) Kotura, Lord of the Winds (Siberia)

Molly Rogers to the Rescue

Molly Rogers to the Rescue

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/07/2019

Thieves, greedy pirates and mischief-makers are no match for Molly Rogers! When Molly and her mother, Barbarous Bertha, discover that Captain Firebeard is destroying Monkey Skull Island in search of buried treasure, they set sail on the Red Swallow to save the island and its animals from his clutches. But Firebeard will stop at nothing to get his treasure - how will Molly outwit him this time? A fantastic swashbuckling adventure for little readers, bursting with brilliant characters, gorgeous illustrations and lots of girl power!

The Glass of Lead and Gold

The Glass of Lead and Gold

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/09/2018

In a land of elves, mermaids and trolls, true magic is where you least expect it... In the snow-covered city of Londra, young Tabetha survives by finding treasures in the mudbanks of the river Themse. On Christmas Eve, a sinister stranger asks her to keep her eyes open for a priceless, long-lost magical object: the Glass of Lead and Gold. As word of the Glass spreads across the city, Tabetha finds herself with some unlikely companions, not least a one-armed girl and a rather impressive soup chef. But will Tabetha discover that there are even greater fortunes to be found than the magical Glass?

El jinete del dragon

El jinete del dragon

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Ebook Release Date: 06/07/2018

La tierra de los dragones en Escocia ha sido amenazada por los humanos. Lung, un joven dragon, tendra que buscar ayuda antes de volar hacia el Himalaya, donde, segun cuentan las leyendas, se escondieron los ultimos dragones.

ZOTTELKRALLE

ZOTTELKRALLE

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Ebook Release Date: 17/05/2018

Gde-to gluboko pod starym sadovym saraem zhil zemlyanoj monstr Lohmatyj Kogot'. V ego nore, kak, vprochem, i u vsekh zemlyanyh monstrov, pahlo dozhdevymi chervyami i mnogonozhkami, pol byl ustlan myagkimi puloverami, a v uglu grudoj valyalis' veshchi, kotorye on nataskal iz domov lyudej. Delo v tom, chto ego ochen' interesovali lyudi, ot nih pahlo ne syrost'yu, a mylom, v dome ih bylo svetlo i teplo, k tomu zhe tam vsegda mozhno pozhivit'sya chem-nibud' vkusnen'kim. I vot odnazhdy Lohmatyj Kogot' reshil perebrat'sya k lyudyam. Nasovsem. Ved' zavodyat zhe ehti strannye sushchestva koshek i sobak, tak chem zemlyanoj monstr huzhe? I Lohmatyj Kogot' razrabotal plan...

DAS PIRATENSCHWEIN

DAS PIRATENSCHWEIN

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Ebook Release Date: 18/04/2018

Kapitan Tolstyj Sven i yunga Pit zhili-pozhivali na dalyokom ostrove, zanimalis' perevozkami vsevozmozhnyh tovarov i dazhe ne podozrevali, chto v odin prekrasnyj den' ih spokojnaya i razmerennaya zhizn' kruto izmenitsya. A vsyo nachalos' s bochki, kotoruyu oni vylovili kak-to raz vo vremya progulki po beregu morya. Kakovo zhe bylo ih udivlenie, kogda vnutri bochki druz'ya obnaruzhili obyknovennuyu svin'yu. Kak ona tam okazalas'? CHudesa! No eshchyo bol'shie chudesa nachalis', kogda Tolstyj Sven i Pit ponyali, chto ih svin'ya obladaet potryasayushchim chut'yom na sokrovishcha...

LILLI UND FLOSSE

LILLI UND FLOSSE

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Ebook Release Date: 18/04/2018

Skazochnaya istoriya izvestnoj nemeckoj pisatel'nicy Kornelii Funke o priklyucheniyah dvuh druzej-vodyanyat, kotoryh zovut Lili i Plavunec. EHti hrabrye malen'kie vodyanye lyubyat plavat' v tyomnyh morskih glubinah, ved' tam tak zdorovo igrat' v pryatki, dogonyalki i dazhe iskat' sokrovishcha. Odnazhdy Lili i Plavunec otpravilis' na ocherednuyu progulku. Druz'ya i ne podozrevali, kakim opasnym priklyucheniem obernyotsya dlya nih ehto puteshestvie...

EMMA UND DER BLAUE DSCHINN

EMMA UND DER BLAUE DSCHINN

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Ebook Release Date: 18/04/2018

Skazochnaya istoriya izvestnoj nemeckoj pisatel'nicy Kornelii Funke o devochke EHmme, kotoraya, odnazhdy tyomnoj noch'yu progulivayas' vdol' morya, uvidela v volnah nedaleko ot berega butylku, oslepitel'no sverkavshuyu iznutri, slovno stajka svetlyachkov. Vyloviv nakonec ehtot zagadochnyj sosud, EHmma reshilas' otkryt' ego. I kto zhe, vy dumaete, ottuda poyavilsya? Samyj nastoyashchij dzhinn!

Molly Rogers, Pirate Girl

Molly Rogers, Pirate Girl

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/09/2017

Ferocious Captain Firebeard and the crew of the Horrible Haddock rule the high seas. But the dastardly pirates meet their match when they kidnap a small, feisty girl called Molly as she sails to visit her granny. But Molly refuses to cower in fear. She knows something the pirates don't - the real pirate to fear is none other than Molly's own mum, and she won't be pleased to find her daughter kidnapped! International bestseller Cornelia Funke and rising picture book star Kasia Matyjaszek join forces in this laugh-out-loud swashbuckling adventure that celebrates empowered girls everywhere.

Dragon Rider: The Griffin's Feather

Dragon Rider: The Griffin's Feather

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/07/2017

The second dragon adventure from the legendary author of Inkheart, Cornelia Funke - over 1 million English language copies of DRAGON RIDER sold worldwide, and now a major movie on Sky Cinema! 'A warm-hearted dream of a book.' THE GUARDIAN on Dragon Rider The last winged horses are on the brink of extinction. Three foals lie curled in their eggs in a sanctuary for threatened creatures, where a young dragon rider lives with his silver dragon. The foals are ill, and the pair volunteer to seek the only cure: a Griffin's feather. But Griffins, with the heads of eagles and the bodies of lions, are a dragon's fiercest enemy, and live far across the world in the sweltering jungle. A dangerous and exciting adventure begins ... Dragons, myth and magic unite in the second adventure in Cornelia Funke's bestselling epic fantasy-adventure series!

Reckless III: The Golden Yarn

Reckless III: The Golden Yarn

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/11/2016

December 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. In a nutshell: mesmerising tale of love and adventure set in a dark fairy tale world  |  Cornelia Funke has an extraordinarily fertile imagination, which is fed and inspired by the old fairy tales and in this the third episode of the Reckless series, she draws on stories from Eastern Europe in another distinctive, thrilling and complex novel. Once again, she sends her hero Jacob Reckless and his brother through the magical mirror into another world. The book opens with a bloody labour and the birth of a baby, a scene her original editors felt would upset readers, causing Funke to find a new way to publish. The scene however sets the tone for the book, which examines love, its power as much a threat to protagonists as a strength. As ever, she weaves together the different plotlines brilliantly, maintaining character development and sustaining the excitement to keep readers breathlessly turning the pages. It’s recommended that readers start with books one and two, The Petrified Flesh and Living Shadows. They will also enjoy Francesca Simon’s The Monstrous Child or Margo Lanagan’s The Brides of Rollrock Island. ~ Andrea Reece

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