by Kenneth Oppel

On Sale: 09/11/2018


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by Kenneth Oppel

illustrated by Sydney Smith

On Sale: 09/11/2018



Sundogs Award (Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Awards)

Saskatchewan Young Reader’s Choice Award - Diamond Willow Award

Rocky Mountain Book Award

Silver Birch Award Finalist Best Books of the Year

Quill & Quire Best Book

Red Cedar Book Award (B.C.'s Young Readers' Choice Awards)

New York Times Notable

CBC Best Book of the Year

About the Book

The Rylance family is stuck. Dad's got writer's block. Ethan promised to illustrate a group project at school—even though he can't draw. Sarah's still pining for a puppy. And they all miss Mom. So much more than they can say.

Enter Inkling. Inkling begins life in Mr. Rylance's sketchbook. But one night the ink of his drawings runs together—and then leaps off the page! This small burst of creativity is about to change everything.

Ethan finds him first. Inkling has absorbed a couple chapters of his math book—not good—and the story he's supposed to be illustrating for school—also not good. But Inkling's also started drawing the pictures to go with the story—which is amazing! It's just the help Ethan was looking for! Inkling helps the rest of the family too—for Sarah he's a puppy. And for Dad he's a spark of ideas for a new graphic novel. It's exactly what they all want.

It's not until Inkling goes missing that this family has to face the larger questions of what they—and Inkling—truly need.

Kenneth Oppel has given us a small masterpiece of middle-grade fiction. Inkling is funny and fizzy and exciting, and brimming with the kind of interesting ideas and dilemmas that kids will love to wrestle with. And Sydney Smith has created wonderfully inky illustrations to bring the story to vivid life. Get ready. A little ink blot is about to become your new favorite character!

Critical Praise

“This masterful novel is funny, sad, and profound all at once . . . a tender story about art, love, loss, and healing.” — Quill & Quire (starred review)

“Astonishing…. With each page, we feel Ethan’s tension growing, his father’s anxieties looming larger and larger.” — New York Times Book Review

“Highly engrossing, stunningly imaginative . . . A masterpiece.” — CM Magazine

“A unique story about the creative process and the journey through grief.” — School Library Journal

“A sweet and funny story about an unusual friendship.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Inking is so clever and intriguing that it deserves a bookshelf all to itself. Once you’re done reading, you’ll want to keep a very close eye on it.” — Carl Hiaasen, author of Hoot



Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443450287
  • ISBN 10: 1443450286
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 09/11/2018
  • Pages: 272
  • List Price:17.99 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / Environment
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Science Fiction

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