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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

Ghost Knight

Ghost Knight

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2013

Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft never expected to enjoy boarding school. He never expected to be confronted by a pack of vengeful ghosts either. And then he meets Ella, a quirky new friend with a taste for adventure... Together, Jon and Ella must work to uncover the secrets of a centuries-old murder, while being haunted by ghosts intent on revenge. So when Jon summons the ghost of the late knight Longspee for his protection, there's just one question - can Longspee really be trusted? A thrilling tale of bravery, friendship - and ghosts!

TINTENTOD

TINTENTOD

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2013

Poslednyaya chast' trilogii znamenitoj nemeckoj pisatel'nicy. Prodolzhayutsya stranstvovaniya devochki Meggi i ee sem'i po CHernil'nomu miru, v kotorom oni okazalis' blagodarya neobychnomu daru otca Meggi prevrashchat' knizhnye slova v real'nost'. CHernil'nyj mir zacharovyvaet vsekh, kto tuda popadaet, svoej krasotoj. On polon volshebstva i prevrashchenij, tam smeyutsya deti, razgulivayut velikany, fei, ehl'fy i edinorogi. No Zlo pytaetsya peredelat' ehtot mir po-svoemu, i dlya spaseniya CHernil'nogo mira geroyam prihoditsya iskat' vyhod iz beznadezhnyh situacij, vnov' i vnov' riskuya svoej zhizn'yu. Na ehtot raz sud'ba gotovit im vstrechu s samoj Smert'yu.

GEISTER RITTER

GEISTER RITTER

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2013

Raskryvaya zagadku davnego ubijstva, odinnadcatiletnij Jon Uajtkroft vmeste so svoej podrugoj EHlloj vyzyvaet duh rycarya Uil'yama Longspe. On edinstvennyj, kto sposoben zashchitit' mal'chika ot gruppy presleduyushchih ego prizrakov, kotorye ugrozhayut emu s togo samogo dnya, kak on pribyl v internat goroda Solsberi. V blagodarnost' za svoe spasenie mal'chik vyzyvaetsya pomoch' rycaryu-prizraku vernut' ego serdce i tu, kotoruyu on lyubit.

HERR DER DIEBE

HERR DER DIEBE

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2013

V detstve tak hochetsya poskoree stat' vzroslym. Mechtaet ob ehtom i Scipio. On nazyvaet sebya Korolem vorov i opekaet besprizornyh detej. A odnazhdy poluchaet zadanie, kotoroe privodit ego na ostrov Tajn. Tut-to i sbyvaetsya ego zavetnaya mechta - on prevrashchaetsya vo vzroslogo. Pravda, vse ehto proiskhodit v Venecii, i sam gorod s ego kanalami, gondolami i dvorcami stanovitsya dejstvuyushchim licom ehtogo avantyurnogo romana. I chuditsya poroj, a uzh ne prisutstvuem li my na znamenitom venecianskom karnavale?

Fearless

Fearless

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 02/04/2013

Jacob Reckless returns once again to the Mirrorworld--filled with profound characters, extraordinary creatures, and epic life-or-death treasure hunts that could only come from the mind of the master storyteller of our generation, Cornelia Funke. Jacob Reckless has only a few months left to live. He's tried everything to shake the Fairy curse that traded his life for his brother's--legends such as the All-Healing Apple, the Well of Eternal Youth, the blood of a northern Djinn. And yet hope after hope is extinguished. After months of fruitless searching, Jacob journeys through his father's mirror one final time to deliver the bad news to Fox. But there they hear of one last possibility--an item so legendary that not even Mirrorworlders believe it exists: a crossbow that can kill thousands, or heal one, when shot through the heart. But a Goyl treasure hunter is also searching for the prized crossbow. Jacob must find it first--and somehow convince Fox to do whatever it takes to save him.

Fearless

Fearless

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 02/04/2013

Jacob Reckless returns once again to the Mirrorworld--filled with profound characters, extraordinary creatures, and epic life-or-death treasure hunts that could only come from the mind of the master storyteller of our generation, Cornelia Funke. Jacob Reckless has only a few months left to live. He's tried everything to shake the Fairy curse that traded his life for his brother's--legends such as the All-Healing Apple, the Well of Eternal Youth, the blood of a northern Djinn. And yet hope after hope is extinguished. After months of fruitless searching, Jacob journeys through his father's mirror one final time to deliver the bad news to Fox.But there they hear of one last possibility--an item so legendary that not even Mirrorworlders believe it exists: a crossbow that can kill thousands, or heal one, when shot through the heart. But a Goyl treasure hunter is also searching for the prized crossbow. Jacob must find it first--and somehow convince Fox to do whatever it takes to save him.

Fearless

Fearless

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2013

After saving his brother, Jacob Reckless faces death from the fairy's curse burning in his heart. In search of a cure he returns to the Mirrorworld, where he is reunited with Fox, a beautiful shape-shifting girl. He has one more chance: a golden crossbow, with the power to both save and destroy life, buried in a dead king's tomb beneath an invisible palace. Jacob must cross continents, face monsters and men \- including a dangerous rival \- and learn what it means to stay alive.

Ghost Knight

Ghost Knight

Author: Cornelia Funke, Dynamo Ltd. Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2012

Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft never expected to enjoy boarding school. He never expected to be confronted by a pack of vengeful ghosts either. And then he meets Ella, a quirky new friend with a taste for adventure...Together, Jon and Ella must work to uncover the secrets of a centuries-old murder, while being haunted by ghosts intent on revenge. So when Jon summons the ghost of the late knight Longspee for his protection, there's just one question - can Longspee really be trusted? A thrilling tale of bravery, friendship - and ghosts!

Hinter verzauberten Fenstern

Hinter verzauberten Fenstern

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 17/09/2012

Der Weihnachtsbestseller von Cornelia FunkeWarum hat mein bloder kleiner Bruder Olli den schonen Schokoladenadventskalender bekommen und ich nur diesen doofen Papieradventskalender, argert sich Julia. Doch das auf ihrem Kalender abgebildete Haus glitzert so silbrig und geheimnisvoll, dass Julia der Versuchung nicht widerstehen kann und das erste Fenster ihres Kalenderhauses offnet. Da bemerkt sie, dass das Haus bewohnt ist und dass sie die Menschen, die darin leben, besuchen kann. Damit beginnt ein ganz ungewohnliches Abenteuer...Zum ersten Mal erscheint der Adventsbestseller von Cornelia Funke mit farbigen Innenillustrationen. Die von Cornelia Funke gemalten Bildern wurden liebevoll nachkoloriert.

Ghost Knight

Ghost Knight

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 08/05/2012

Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft never expected to enjoy boarding school. Then again, he never expected to be confronted by a pack of vengeful ghosts, either. And then he meets Ella, a quirky new friend with a taste for adventure....Together, Jon and Ella must work to uncover the secrets of a centuries-old murder while being haunted by terrifying spirits, their bloodless faces set on revenge. So when Jon summons the ghost of the late knight Longspee for his protection, there's just one question: Can Longspee truly be trusted?

The New Girl

The New Girl

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/03/2012

The Summer Gang

The Summer Gang

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

It's the summer holidays, and Charlie forms a gang with best friends, Hannah, Izzie and Xa. They call themselves the C.H.I.X. after the first letters of their names. Together they promise to keep each other's secrets, and have the best adventures ever! Even when a bunch of boys puts their friendship to the test .

The Summer Gang

The Summer Gang

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/08/2011

Inkspell

Inkspell

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2011

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 thejoys, terrors and pitfalls of reading' Diana Wynne Jones on Inkheart 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.

Inkdeath

Inkdeath

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2011

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 sowell 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

Inkheart

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2011

Meggie loves books. So does her father, Mo, a bookbinder, although he has never read aloud to her since her mother mysteriously disappeared. They live quietly until the night a stranger knocks at their door. He has come with a warning that forces Mo to reveal an extraordinary secret - a storytelling secret that will change their lives for ever.