"Astonishing" - The New York Times Book Review

A brilliantly funny, highly illustrated story about how a little ink splot changes a family forever. Perfect for those who love Hoot, Holes, or Frindle!


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.

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.

. A New York Times Notable Book
. A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year -- top ten selection
. "A true-to-life family, some can't-put-it-down excitement, a few deep questions, and more than a little bit of magic. This book is everything, and I loved every page." - Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medalist for When You Reach Me


Genre: Children's Fiction

Praise for this book

"Inkling is so clever and intriguing that it deserves a bookshelf all to itself. Once you're done reading, you'll want to keep a very close eye on it." - Carl Hiaasen

"A true-to-life family, some can't-put-it-down excitement, a few deep questions, and more than a little bit of magic. This book is everything, and I loved every page." - Rebecca Stead


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Used availability for Kenneth Oppel's Inkling

Hardback Editions

November 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Inkling
Author(s): Kenneth Oppel
ISBN: 1-5247-7281-X / 978-1-5247-7281-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


November 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Inkling
Author(s): Kenneth Oppel
ISBN: 1-5247-7282-8 / 978-1-5247-7282-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


September 2018 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Inkling
Author(s): Kenneth Oppel
ISBN: 1-4434-5028-6 / 978-1-4434-5028-7 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Paperback Editions

September 2020 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Inkling
Author(s): Kenneth Oppel
ISBN: 1-4434-5029-4 / 978-1-4434-5029-4 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperTrophy
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March 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Inkling
Author(s): Kenneth Oppel
ISBN: 1-5247-7284-4 / 978-1-5247-7284-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Yearling
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October 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Inkling
Author(s): Kenneth Oppel
ISBN: 1-4063-8058-X / 978-1-4063-8058-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Walker Books
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Audio Editions

November 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Inkling
Author(s): Kenneth Oppel
Publisher: Listening Library
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

November 2018 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Inkling
Author(s): Kenneth Oppel
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
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October 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Inkling
Author(s): Kenneth Oppel
Publisher: Walker Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


September 2018 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Inkling
Author(s): Kenneth Oppel
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon CA