Author Spotlight: Cornelia Funke for Tweens

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August Author Spotlight: Cornelia Funke

Each month, Good Tween Reads highlights an author who’s contributions for tween literature should not be missed. This month, Cornelia Funke deserves a round of applause! Please Click HERE for a full list of her published works

1.    Ghost Knight

  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Age range: 8 – 12 Years
  • Read an Excerpt
  • Educator’s Guide provided by Hachette Book Group

“Funke follows her foray into YA (Reckless) with a simultaneously creepy and romantic middle-grade ghost story that will please her legions of younger fans.”- Publishers Weekly

DoubleDay Book Club Description: “Eleven-year-old John 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, John and Ella must work to uncover the secrets of a centuries-old murder while being haunted by terrifying spirits with bloodless faces set on revenge. So, when John summons the ghost of the late knight Longspee for his protection, there’s just one question: Can Longspee truly be trusted?”

2.    The Thief Lord

  • Publisher: The Chicken House
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Pages: 376 pages
  • Age range: 9 – 12 Years
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“Wacky characters bring energy to this translation of an entertaining German novel about thieving children, a disguise-obsessed detective and a magical merry-go-round.” – Publishers Weekly

KidsReads Description,written by Carlie Kraft: “…Mysteries and plot twists hide around every corner. The language is rich and the reader always gets a strong sense of setting without being beaten over the head with metaphors. Fans of Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl will love this fast-paced look into a beautiful, mysterious world.”

3.    Igraine the Brave

  • Publisher: The Chicken House
  • Publication date: 9/24/2007
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Age range: 9 – 12 Years
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KidsReads Description, written by Norah Piehl, “…Igraine herself is a familiar character — the young girl who must find her own path when she feels out of place in the world she is born into — but she is portrayed with compassion and sensitivity. Heavily illustrated with Funke’s own whimsical, cartoon-like drawings, IGRAINE THE BRAVE would make an excellent read-aloud book for younger readers as well as an ideal adventure story for newly-minted fantasy fans.”

Transitioning into Tween:

4.    Dragon Rider

KidsReads Description, written by Norah Piehl, “a straightforward quest story… nevertheless an entertaining… DRAGON RIDER is also a long book, but its short chapters and witty dialogue (especially from the brownie Sorrel) will help keep young readers motivated.”

 5.    Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost

  • Publisher: The Chicken House
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Pages: 114 pages
  • Age range: 7 – 10 Years
  • Read an Excerpt!

My Quick Review: Tom is your average kid with your not so average ghost problem. When a spooky fiend starts haunting clumsy Tom, he must find a way to help rid himself of his ghostly problem, while also trying to convince his older sister Lola that he not crazy. Spooky and humorous in tone, this is a fun read for boys and girls interested in paranormal fiction and adventure.


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