Author: Cornelia Funke
Primary Audience/age group: Ages 9-12 *(see recommendation)
# Of pages: 560
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Year of Release: 2005
Part of a Series? Yes, 1st of 3
Rating: 3 (View Scale)
Rating:3 for a few instances of violence/meanness and a few curse words.
Positive: The main character Meggie a 12 yr. old girl does things she never believed she would be able to do. She is brave and courageous, I think shes a good example of a young person digging deep and being tough.
Spiritual Elements:To me it appeared Capricorn symbolized the Devil very evil and ruthless.
Violence:There are some incidents of violence and meanness – Capricorn and his men are not nice and do things such as hang roosters by the neck in the houses of neighbors. More violence is eluded to than is actually described.
Language:A few instances of he** and da**.
Recommendation: I thoroughly enjoyed Inkheart and look forward to seeing the movie with my 13 year old son, who also liked the book. However, I would change the suggested reader age to 12 and up. I feel like Amazons reading age suggestion is a bit young, considering the intense action and evilness, meanness and violence of some of the characters. I have read that the second book, Inkspell is even better than this one.