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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

Other books by Cornelia Funke

The Moonshine Dragon

The Moonshine Dragon

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2020

When a tiny silver dragon is chased out of Patrick's storybook by an equally tiny knight, all sorts of mayhem breaks loose! Soon moonshine magic has shrunk Patrick too, and he is forced to hole up inside his toy castle as the knight attacks the 'fire worm'. Can Patrick defeat the knight and make it to morning? High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

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 / softback 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)

The Glass of Lead and Gold

The Glass of Lead and Gold

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

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?

Molly Rogers to the Rescue

Molly Rogers to the Rescue

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2019

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!

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: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

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)

The Glass of Lead and Gold

The Glass of Lead and Gold

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2018

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 / softback 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 / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

The second dragon adventure from the legendary Cornelia Funke - over 1 million English language copies of DRAGON RIDER sold worldwide! 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 ...

Dragon Rider

Dragon Rider

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

The very first dragon adventure from the legendary Cornelia Funke - over 1 million English language copies sold worldwide! 'A warm-hearted dream of a book.' THE GUARDIAN Firedrake, a brave young dragon, embarks on a magical journey to find the legendary place where silver dragons can live in peace for ever. Along the way, he discovers extraordinary new friends and a courage he never knew he had. But the greatest enemy of all is never far behind - a heartless monster intent on destroying the last dragons on earth ...

Reckless III: The Golden Yarn

Reckless III: The Golden Yarn

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback 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.

Gespensterjager in groer Gefahr

Gespensterjager in groer Gefahr

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 13/03/2017

Die Prufung zum Dritten Gespensterjager-Diplom scheint fur Tom Tomsky zunachst kein Problem zu sein - das Mittelmaig Unheimliche Gespenst Hugo und die erfahrene Gespensterjagerin Hedwig Kummelsaft stehen ihm ja mit Rat und Tat zur Seite. Doch die Spukerscheinungen in dem kleinen Dorf Moorweiher geraten immer weiter auer Kontrolle. Hauser versinken langsam im Schlamm, Modergeruch verpestet die Luft, und ohrenzerfetzendes Kreischen dringt durch den Nebel. Hier ist doch etwas ganz anderes am Werk, als ein Gespenst der dritten Gefahrenkategorie ... Der schaurig-schne Gruselklassiker von Bestsellerautorin Cornelia Funke ist wunderbar zum Vorlesen und zum Selberlesen ab 8 Jahren geeignet. Die farbigen Bilder von Frderic Bertrand unterstreichen den Humor der Reihe perfekt.