Cornelia Funke - Author

About the Author

Cornelia Funke is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inkheart trilogy, The Thief Lord and a whole host of popular children’s novels and picture books.

Born in 1958 in the German town of Dorsten, Cornelia initially worked as an illustrator but soon began writing her own stories, quickly establishing a reputation as one of Germany’s best-loved children’s authors.

Her international breakthrough came with the fantasy novel Dragon Rider, which spent 78 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Success continued with the publication of The Thief Lord, which immediately climbed to the #2 spot on the New York Times bestseller list and stayed there for 19 weeks, selling 1.5 million copies.

Inkheart the movie, starring Brendan Fraser, Helen Mirren and Paul Bettany, was released in 2008.

Reckless marked the start of Funke’s exciting new Mirrorworld series, and was followed by Fearless.

Cornelia Funke now lives in California and is working on several new books.

Featured books by Cornelia Funke

Other books by Cornelia Funke

Through the Water Curtain and other Tales from Around the World

Through the Water Curtain and other Tales from Around the World

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

International bestselling children's author Cornelia Funke has long been inspired and fascinated by fairy tales. This wonderful anthology is Funke's personal selection of fairy tales from all around the world - not just from her native Germany but from Russia, Japan and the Native American tradition. It's the perfect Christmas gift for any young reader wishing to discover the wider world of fairy tales. This wonderful selection of 13 tales includes: The Tale of the Firebird (Russia) The Boy Who Drew Cats (Japan) The Frog Princess (Ukraine) The Six Swans (Germany) The Girl Who Gave a Knight a Kiss out of Necessity (Sweden) Kotura, Lord of the Winds (Siberia)

The Glass of Lead and Gold

The Glass of Lead and Gold

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2018

In a land of elves, mermaids and trolls, true magic is where you least expect it... In the snow-covered city of Londra, young Tabetha survives by finding treasures in the mudbanks of the river Themse. On Christmas Eve, a sinister stranger asks her to keep her eyes open for a priceless, long-lost magical object: the Glass of Lead and Gold. As word of the Glass spreads across the city, Tabetha finds herself with some unlikely companions, not least a one-armed girl and a rather impressive soup chef. But will Tabetha discover that there are even greater fortunes to be found than the magical Glass?

Reckless III: The Golden Yarn

Reckless III: The Golden Yarn

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/06/2017

The third book in Cornelia Funke's internationally bestselling Reckless series After a perilous encounter with an Alder Elf, Jacob must journey into the enchanted Mirrorworld once again. Together with Fox, his beautiful shapeshifting friend, Jacob has no choice but to follow his brother on the trail of the Dark Fairy, who has fled deep into the East: to a land of folklore, Cossacks, spies, time-eating witches and flying carpets. But what exactly is the Dark One running from? The third book in the series, The Golden Yarn is a thrilling tale of courage and fear, jealousy and forbidden desire; in which love has the power both to save a life - and to destroy it.

Reckless. Das goldene Garn

Reckless. Das goldene Garn

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2015

Vpervye na russkom yazyke - dolgozhdannoe prodolzhenie Besshabashnogo istorii ne menee zavorazhivayushchej, chem blestyashche ehkranizirovannoe v Gollivude CHernil'noe serdce I kstati, mezhdu mirom CHernil'nogo serdca i Zazerkal'em Besshabashnogo gorazdo bol'she obshchego, chem vam kazhetsya... Dzhekobu Besshabashnomu povezlo: on nashel put' v volshebnyj mir, styazhal tam slavu i obrel lyubov'. Emu udalos' spasti brata ot char Temnoj Fei, a potom spastis' ot nee i samomu. No Zazerkal'e eshche tait mnozhestvo zagadok, i vot Besshabashnomu snova predstoit otpravit'sya v put', na ehtot raz - po sledam begushchej Fei, na vostok, cherez Karpatskie gory, beskrajnie stepi, temnye lesa tuda, gde obitaet Baba YAga, Seryj Volk i Ptica Sirin - i to, k chemu stremitsya Feya... Novaya kniga ot avtora kul'tovoj trilogii CHernil'noe serdce CHernil'naya smert' CHernil'naya krov' i superbestsellera Korol' vorov.

Pirate Pig and Ruffleclaw

Pirate Pig and Ruffleclaw

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 10/11/2015

This collection includes The Pirate Pig and Ruffleclaw. The Pirate Pig:The beloved and bestselling author of Inkheart brings imagination, adventure, and humor to a swashbuckling audiobook!Who needs a treasure map when you have a pirate pig with a nose for gold? Stout Sam and his deckhand, Pip, find a pig washed up in a barrel on the beach. They want to keep her as a pet, but they soon realize Julie is no ordinary pig. She can sniff out treasure! What happens if Barracuda Bill, the greediest and meanest pirate who ever sailed the seas, hears about Julie's special talent?Ruffleclaw:Goodbye, earthworms. Hello, chocolate cake!Ruffleclaw is a furry red monster who lives under a toolshed, and he's sick of eating bugs. When he decides to move in with a family of humans, he climbs right into bed with a boy named Tommy. Tommy wants to keep Ruffleclaw as a pet, but it won't be easy. Ruffleclaw makes huge messeshe spits, he drinks shampoo, and he eats everything in the fridge . . . along with the plates! Can Tommy teach his monster to behave?

Emma and the Blue Genie

Emma and the Blue Genie

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 14/10/2014

The beloved and bestselling author of Inkheart brings her signature imagination, adventure, and humor to a magical full-color chapter book for young readers! One night, Emma finds a mysterious green bottle floating in the ocean. When she pulls out the stopper, she sets a blue genie free! Most genies grant three wishes, but Karim can't grant even one anymore. A yellow genie stole his magic nose ring, leaving him small, powerless, and trapped in that bottle. Emma and her noodle-tailed dog have to help Karim get his nose ringand his magicback!

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!

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.

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 .

Reckless

Reckless

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 14/09/2010

Ever since Jacob Reckless was a child, he has been escaping to a hidden world through a portal in his father's abandoned study. Over the years, he has made a name for himself as a finder of enchanted items and buried secrets. He's also made many enemies and allies--most important, Fox, a beautiful shape-shifting vixen whom Jacob cares for more than he lets on.But life in this other world is about to change. Tragedy strikes when Jacob's younger brother, Will, follows him through the portal. Brutally attacked, Will is infected with a curse that is quickly transforming him into a Goyl--a ruthless killing machine, with skin made of stone.Jacob is prepared to fight to save his brother, but in a land built on trickery and lies, Jacob will need all the wit, courage, and reckless spirit he can summon to reverse the dark spell--before it's too late.

Inkdeath

Inkdeath

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 14/10/2008

Caught between the covers of a cursed story Ever since the extraordinary events of Inkspell, when the enchanted book Inkheart drew Meggie and her father, Mo, into its chapters, life in the Inkworld has been more tragic than magical. Dustfinger is dead, having sacrificed his life for his apprentices, and now, under the rule of the evil Adderhead, the fairy-tale land is in bloody chaos, its characters far beyond the control of Fenoglio, their author. Facing the threat of eternal winter, Mo inks a dangerous deal with Death itself. There yet remains a faint hope of changing the cursed storyif only he can fill its pages fast enough.Inkdeaththe captivating final tale in the Inkheart trilogy.From the Compact Disc edition.

When Santa Fell to Earth

When Santa Fell to Earth

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2007

Mischievous reindeer Twinklestar has bolted - leaving real-life Santa Claus Niklas to fall from the sky in his Christmas caravan! Luckily he crash-lands in a friendly neighbourhood, where two children come to his rescue. But he's still in terrible danger. For on his trail are Gerold Goblynch and his bad Santas from Yule Land, who will stop at nothing to steal Christmas! A big-hearted story of two children's adventures to save the last real Santa on earth.

Igraine the Brave

Igraine the Brave

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2007

Igraine, who turns twelve tomorrow, dreams of becoming a famous knight. But today, like most days, life at the family castle remains . . . rather boring. Until the nefarious nephew of the baroness-next-door shows up. Greedy Osmunds got a dastardly plan to capture Pimpernel Castle and steal the singing magic books that belong to Igraines mom and dad. Complicating matters, on the eve of the siege her parents misspeak a spell and turn themselves into pigs! (How inconvenient.)Igraines birthday wish has come true, and the challenge is bigger than she ever bargained for: Will she face her fears and find the courage to save the dayand the books?

Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost!

Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost!

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback 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 ...

Princess Pigsty

Princess Pigsty

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback 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 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.

The Thief Lord

The Thief Lord

Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2000

Winter has come early to Venice. Two orphaned children are on the run, hiding among the crumbling canals and misty alleyways of the city. Befriended by a gang of street children and their mysterious leader, the Thief Lord, they shelter in an old, disused cinema. On their trail is a bungling detective, obsessed with disguises and the health of his pet tortoises. But a greater threat to the boys' new-found freedom is something from a forgotten past - a beautiful magical treasure with the power to spin time itself.

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