Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh

Written by Cornelia Funke

Part of the Mirrorworld Series

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Best-selling author Cornelia Funke, whose Inkheart was a world-wide phenomenon, has created a wonderful imaginary world peopled with a gigantic cast of original and outlandish characters. Searching for his missing father, Jacob Reckless steps through the mirror into a strange, story-filled world in which danger is never very far away. When Jacob mistakenly allows his brother to follow him through the mirror he discovers the awesome powers he is working against and needs to use all his skill and cunning to save his brother from a horrible death as he is gradually turned to stone. Cornelia Funke’s original storytelling captures the hearts and minds of all young readers. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh Synopsis

Jacob has uncovered the doorway to another world, hidden behind a mirror. It is a place of dark magic and enchanted objects, scheming dwarves and fearsome ogres, fairies born from water and men born from stone. Here, he hunts for treasure and seeks adventure in the company of Fox - a beautiful, shape-shifting girl, who guides and guards him. But now Jacob's younger brother has followed him into the mirrored world, and all that was freedom has turned to fear. Because a deadly curse has been spoken; and Jacob must risk his life to reverse it, before his brother is turned to stone forever...

Revised and updated by Cornelia Funke, The Petrified Flesh is the first book in the thrilling Reckless series.

Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh Reader Reviews

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  • Daisy Penncock - 'These fast-paced books will make you breathless and wishing you had a magical mirror, just like Jacob, in your bedroom!'
  • Ellie Cameron-Hart age 10 'Reckless by Cornelia Funke is a thrilling adventurous novel full of mystery.'
  • Emma Baird age 10 - 'there’s never a boring moment and you never know what’s going to happen next. 
  • Emer O'Brien - 'This book is highly recommended to anyone with an active imagination, who is willing to believe in magic.'
  • Dana Colville, age 15 - A truly tantalising novel. Teenagers will love this novel. Can’t wait to read the next novel in this series. 

Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh Press Reviews

'More please Cornelia!' - The Independent

'A haunting story of loyalty, betrayal, magic and danger' - The Sunday Times

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ISBN: 9781782691242
Publication date: 29/09/2016
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782691242
Publication date: 29th September 2016
Author: Cornelia Funke
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Reviewed by Children

About Cornelia Funke

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 ...

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