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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

Igraine the Brave

Igraine the Brave

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2007

An adventure is what Igraine wishes for most in the world - and on her twelfth birthday she finds one! Everyone at Castle Pimpernel is looking forward to Igraine's birthday. But when her magical present goes wrong and her parents turn themselves into pigs, it's up to Igraine to put things right - even if that means facing giants, three-headed dragons and a particularly Spiky Knight.

Ghosthunters and the Muddy Monster of Doom

Ghosthunters and the Muddy Monster of Doom

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 10/07/2007

To earn his Ghosthunting Diploma, Toms got to nab a deadly Twelfth Messenger. But while on the hunt in the haunted town of Bogpool, Tom stumbles into the mucked-up lair of a mud-loving minotaur who has an entire army of ghosts at his command. Suddenly theres a lot more at stake than Toms graduation. This raging beast is dead-set on doomsdayand thats no bull!

Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost!

Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost!

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2007

No smoke without fiery phantoms! No ghoul has a chance against the new ghosthunting agency - made up of schoolboy Tom, Hugo (the Averagely Spooky Ghost) and world-famous spookhunter Hetty Hyssop - or does it? Things hot up when they are called to the Seafront Hotel, where guests have gone missing and smoke and flames fill the fourth floor! Can the team extinguish the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost, or are they toast?

Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost!

Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost!

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2007

Watch out for ghost goo! Tom's stuck at home with his horrible sister, Lola. But there's something stickier hiding out in his cellar - a slime-dripping ghost called Hugo! But harmless Hugo is in the goo too, because he's being haunted - by a much bigger, badder, Incredibly Revolting Ghost. Lucky for Tom that his Granny's best friend just happens to be a world-famous ghosthunter ...

Ghosthunters and the Mud-Dripping Monster!

Ghosthunters and the Mud-Dripping Monster!

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2007

Stuck in the mud! Ghoulhunting is a riot, but exams are not and Tom is taking his Third Ghosthunting Diploma. When he is sent to Bogpool, a misty, muddy village, it seems it's bog-standard ghostcatching and his diploma is in the bag. But he has entered a dirty trap, and as the village begins sinking into the mud, a beastly Ghost of Death arises, and the ghosthunters must face their gravest test yet!

Ghosthunters and the Bloodthirsty Baroness!

Ghosthunters and the Bloodthirsty Baroness!

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2007

Don't lose you head! Hair-raising things are happening at Gloomburg Castle. Not least because the murderous spirit of a brutal baroness has bodynapped the owner! As ever, the ghosthunters rise to the challenge. But the job gets tricky when Hugo (the Averagely Spooky Ghost) falls for the hideous baroness - love stinks! It's down to Tom to fight the hag head-on - or maybe off!

Princess Pigsty

Princess Pigsty

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2007

It's a pig's life being a princess! Young princess Isabella has it all - but has had enough of all of it. Isabella has had enough of being waited on hand and foot, of having to smile all the time, and of wearing beautiful dresses that she can't climb trees in. So when the king banishes her to the pigsty, his punishment backfires - Isabella's happier there than a pig in mud!

Ghosthunters and the Totally Moldy Baroness!

Ghosthunters and the Totally Moldy Baroness!

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 20/03/2007

Shes 400 Years OldShes Totally Moldy, and ShesSpoiling for a Fight!Horrifying things are happening at Gloomsburg Castle. To begin with, the creepy place is crawling with Tiny Biting Ghosts (or TIBIGs, in official ghosthunter code). And now it appears as if the murderous spirit of a brutal Baroness has taken hold of the land-lady, infecting her with a killer case of hichichiccups!Of course Hugo the Averagely Spooky Ghost is instantly smitten with Her Hideous Highness, only to find out that love stinks! And it smells something awful, too. Looks like the time has come for Tom to put an end to the foul play and concoct a plan that will dispel this decaying royal for good.From the Compact Disc edition.

Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost

Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 12/12/2006

Can Tom and the team dampen the spiritpermanently!of a fiery phantom, or are they about to get burned? Boy hero Tom, Hugo the Averagely Spooky Ghost, and famed ghoul hunter Hetty Hyssop have formed an agency dedicated to dealing with difficult apparitions. No spook can defeat themuntil their too close encounter with a Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost. This superheated specter (or GILIG, in ghosthunter-speak) has taken over the penthouse suite of a beachfront hotel, where its passing its eternal vacation by turning guests into ghosts themselves! Maybe Hugos slime can douse the flaming phantomor maybe the ghosthunters plan is doomed to go up in smoke. . . . Get scared silly!

Inkspell

Inkspell

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, the book whose characters came to life - and changed her life forever.But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the original tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the magical ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval inkscape once more.Distraught, Farid goes in search of Meggie, and before long both are caught inside the book, too. There they meet Inkheart's author, Fenoglio, now living within his own story. But the tale is much changed, and threatening to evolve in ways none of them would have ever imagined. Will Meggie, Farid, and Fenoglio manage to write the wrongs of a charmed world? Or is their story on the brink of a very bad ending?

When Santa Fell to Earth

When Santa Fell to Earth

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 10/10/2006

Santa has landed in a whole lot of trouble! Thanks to Twinklestar, that marzipan-loving but lightning-shy reindeer, Santa and his caravan have come crashing down in a storm just two weeks before Christmas. Luckily he's (literally!) dropped into a nice neighborhood. But Santa's not safe. The ruthless Gerold Geronimus Goblynch plans to put an end to children's wishes and turn the holiday season into his personal moneymaking scheme. Only Santa stands between him and his grinchlike tricks. With the help of kids Charlotte and Ben, Santa will have to face Goblynch and his Nutcracker goons if he's ever to rescue Christmas!

Dragon Rider

Dragon Rider

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2006

Firedrake, a young dragon, receives a frightening warning one night: Humans are planning to destroy the valley in which he lives! All the dragons must flee. Their only refuge is a place above the clouds called the Rim of Heaven--which may not even exist. Firedrake boldly volunteers to go ahead first. As he embarks on his journey, he meets Ben, a runaway boy. Together, the boy and dragon make their way toward the Rim of Heaven, all the while running a step ahead of Nettlebrand, a monster who will stop at nothing to hunt down Firedrake. Their quest will truly become an adventure like no other.

Inkheart

Inkheart

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2006

From the author of the sensational New York Times bestseller The Thief Lord comes a thrilling new adventure about magic and self-discovery.Meggie lives a quiet life alone with her father, a bookbinder. But her father has a deep secret--he possesses an extraordinary magical power. One day a mysterious stranger arrives who seems linked to her father's past. Who is this sinister character and what does he want? Suddenly Meggie is involved in a breathless game of escape and intrigue as her father's life is put in danger. Will she be able to save him in time?

Thief Lord

Thief Lord

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2006

Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious thirteen-year-old boy who calls himself the ';Thief Lord."e; Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo delight in being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own. And soon the boys are thrust into circumstances that will lead them to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion.

Pirate Girl

Pirate Girl

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2006

Ferocious Captain Firebeard may think that he and the cruel crew of the Horrible Haddock rule the high seas - but he hasn't reckoned on a small, daring girl called Molly. And he certainly should never have kidnapped her! Molly soon proves to be sharper and quicker than any of the pirate gang's cutlasses. And before long, Firebeard must face his comeuppance - the fury of her fearsome mum!

Inkspell

Inkspell

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2006

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 crooke 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.