From the acclaimed author of The Nest, The Boundless, and Airborn comes a brilliantly funny, breakout book about a boy who discovers an ink blot that's come to life! Perfect for those who love Hoot and Frindle and sure to be a hit with kids everywhere! 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. Get ready. A little ink blot is about to become your new favorite character!
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"Narrator Robbie Daymond's inflection and pacing wring every drop of humor and pathos from Oppel's unlikely story of a grieving family helped by an inkblot. Ethan's mother has died, his father can no longer draw his successful graphic novels, and Ethan and his little sister, Sarah, who has Down syndrome, must often fend for themselves. Stymied by a school assignment to draw his own graphic novel, Ethan is afraid to admit he can only draw stick figures. Amazingly, an inkblot pulls itself from his father's sketchbook and begins to teach the boy. Daymond uses his comic timing to have fun with Inkling and is in his element portraying a second inkblot--this one an evil creature--whom he depicts in an appropriately booming voice. Fun family listening. S.G. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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