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Publication date: 11/6/18
INKLING By Kenneth Oppel (Illustrations by Sydney Smith)
A middle-grade novel about an inkblot might sound uninspiring but this novel is far from it! The blot, Inkling, is full of warmth and loyalty and arrives just at the right moment for a struggling single-parent family.
Oppel’s wonderfully crafted cast from Inkling to the depressed comic artist father jump off the page and straight into your heart. Even the ‘bad guys’ are multi-dimensional and layered.
Family dynamics and friendships are well portrayed and the cascade of events that follow the inkblot’s sketchbook escape are engaging and page turning.
Moral and ethical questions are also raised during the course of the book, encouraging readers to think and ponder right from wrong and everything in between.
Grab your favorite inky pen and sketchbook and enjoy!