I wish I had better words to describe how much I love Inkheart. It surpasses my love of Harry Potter, and that's really difficult to do. Originally published in Germany as Tintenhertz, Anthea Bell manages to spin a translation of Cornelia Funke's work that loses so little of the poetic writing which elegantly captures the ever-curious Meggie, her father the bookbinder, and the three characters from a fictional land he accidentally brought here. If you like tales of imagination and magical adventure, and even more-so if you love books, you will not be disappointed in Inkheart. It will give you a completely new meaning to what it means to escape into a book. Don't be surprised if you find yourself wanting to read it over again out-loud.
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.