Inkling

Inkling

Ethan?s dad is a comic artist whose greatest creation, the mutant superhero Kren, brought him fame and glory. But after his dad?s string of successful books, a tragedy strikes the family and now his dad is completely stuck. If only artistic talent were hereditary. Ethan is stuck on a graphic-novel project of his own at school and won?t own up to the fact that he can?t draw. Ethan?s dad is a comic artist whose greatest creation, the mutant superhero Kren, brought him fame and glor...

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Title:Inkling
Author:Kenneth Oppel
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:Inkling
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Inkling Reviews

  • Janssen
    Dec 13, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

  • Dan
    May 16, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

    Review originally published 27 October 2018 at Falling Letters. Oppel has delivered us another middle grade novel (to my delight, as I wasn?t much of a fan of his previous book, Every Hidden Thing [young adult historical fiction]). Inkling offers a compelling story that plays t...

    Inkling is a wonderful middle grade novel?imaginative, funny, and full of heart. There are delightful illustrations by Sydney Smith that are perfect at capturing the best moments in the novel, starting with the very first page and the nighttime prowling adventure of Rickman the cat. ...

    Ethan is struggling with the artwork for a collaborative graphic novel project he's completing for class. Although he tries hard, he's nowhere near as talented as his father, who is famous for a popular graphic novel series with a superhero. But he gets some unexpected help from an ink...

    This was such a surprise. Some books come at the right time and I am proof of that. The message this story has is powerful. It?s inspiring, breathtaking and very intense. Ethan lives in his father?s shadow somehow. His classmates expect him to inherit his dad?s talent at creat...

    Ken Oppel does it again with Inkling; a great novel with lots of kid appeal. The illustrations by Sydney Smith bring Inkling to life. The novel deals with hard issues, depression, death of a parent in a way that children can understand. Inkling's love of books is heartwarming to a book...

    Note: I received an ARC via a book sharing group in exchange for my honest review. (Although the book is now available to purchase.) Kenneth Oppel has penned another charming, fantastical novel for middle grade students. When an ink splotch begins to act like a living creature, need...

    I managed to get an ARC through my Book Portage ARC group. It's a very interesting story that has a little of everything: humour, action, heart. I loved the characters from the title character to Ethan, to his school nemesis. Even the cat was brilliantly written. There are so many ...

    This is hands down one of the best middle grade books I?ve read in a while, hence my devouring it in one sitting. The plot is fun and energetic but the characters are what makes this book incredible. Including Inkling! That little ink blot was a character all his own and he was the c...

    My one complaint with Inkling is in the characterization of the the publisher's daughter. She happens to be the same age as Ethan and happens to go to the same school. She even happens to be in the same class. She's also apparently spent her entire short life so far bullying Ethan. She...

    A huge thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book! I absolutely loved Inkling! Such a unique story. From page one, this book had me sucked in. Who knew an ink blot could make such an awesome, lovable character? I cannot wait until this is published and I can share it with students ...

    Audiobook with my 11 year old. She loved and couldn?t get enough of it and it exceeded my (3 star) expectations. An enjoyable story with action, humor, and real life that come together well. And who doesn?t love an adorable, helpful, come-to-life inkblot? However, be warned, the ma...

    One of the most original MG novels of 2018. I loved the story, the characters, and the twists and turns. But most of all, I loved the lessons quietly written that will mean something different for every child who reads it. I have so many students in mind with whom I want to share this,...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this newest novel from Kenneth Oppel. It was humorous and heartwarming with characters that you love and characters that you don't love but you "get." I feel like this novel has layers and would open up some great conversations with readers about things lik...

    This is a story about friendship between a boy and a drop of ink! Yup, a drop of ink! It also has deep themes like recovering from a great loss and taking responsibility while going through the stages of grief. . This was really good! ...

    I really liked this story of Ethan and the live ink blot who befriends him. Ethan's home life is complex without being an Afterschool Special, and he wrestles with ethical dilemmas in an age appropriate way, getting frustrated when his father fails some of the same tests he is set. ...

    This was an uncorrected advance proof that found its way to me from Book Expo. Very clever idea. Great read. Would recommend. ...

    4.25/5 This was really adorable, fun, and bittersweet all at the same time. Kenneth Oppel has done yet another great book with Inkling, ...

    The first book I ever read by Kenneth Oppel was Airborn. I can still remember how my ten-year-old self was just absolutely taken away by this high sea adventure and was left wishing that I could join Matt and Kate on their adventures. Over the years I?ve embarked on so many fantas...

    I just finished an advanced reader?s copy of this Middle School thriller-fantasy. That may not be an actual genre, but it works for me. For pure entertainment, this book checks all the boxes. A likable hero, an original plot, page turning excitement and best of all, Inkling himself, ...

    Thanks to #NetGalley for providing an ARC of this amazing middle-grade book. I'm not sure how Kenneth Oppel made me care for an inkblot so deeply, but he did. Because of that, I could not put this book down. A touching story of creativity, family, loss, friendship, and, ultimately, lov...

    Kenneth Oppel's Inkling has been one of my favorite middle grade novels of this year. Like Nest, Inkling brings a level of creativity, voice, and heart to the page that made me go through a wide range of feelings. Mostly though, I was wildly entertained by the cast of characters who ar...

  • Sarah Sammis
    Dec 21, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

    Review originally published 27 October 2018 at Falling Letters. Oppel has delivered us another middle grade novel (to my delight, as I wasn?t much of a fan of his previous book, Every Hidden Thing [young adult historical fiction]). Inkling offers a compelling story that plays t...

    Inkling is a wonderful middle grade novel?imaginative, funny, and full of heart. There are delightful illustrations by Sydney Smith that are perfect at capturing the best moments in the novel, starting with the very first page and the nighttime prowling adventure of Rickman the cat. ...

    Ethan is struggling with the artwork for a collaborative graphic novel project he's completing for class. Although he tries hard, he's nowhere near as talented as his father, who is famous for a popular graphic novel series with a superhero. But he gets some unexpected help from an ink...

    This was such a surprise. Some books come at the right time and I am proof of that. The message this story has is powerful. It?s inspiring, breathtaking and very intense. Ethan lives in his father?s shadow somehow. His classmates expect him to inherit his dad?s talent at creat...

    Ken Oppel does it again with Inkling; a great novel with lots of kid appeal. The illustrations by Sydney Smith bring Inkling to life. The novel deals with hard issues, depression, death of a parent in a way that children can understand. Inkling's love of books is heartwarming to a book...

    Note: I received an ARC via a book sharing group in exchange for my honest review. (Although the book is now available to purchase.) Kenneth Oppel has penned another charming, fantastical novel for middle grade students. When an ink splotch begins to act like a living creature, need...

    I managed to get an ARC through my Book Portage ARC group. It's a very interesting story that has a little of everything: humour, action, heart. I loved the characters from the title character to Ethan, to his school nemesis. Even the cat was brilliantly written. There are so many ...

    This is hands down one of the best middle grade books I?ve read in a while, hence my devouring it in one sitting. The plot is fun and energetic but the characters are what makes this book incredible. Including Inkling! That little ink blot was a character all his own and he was the c...

    My one complaint with Inkling is in the characterization of the the publisher's daughter. She happens to be the same age as Ethan and happens to go to the same school. She even happens to be in the same class. She's also apparently spent her entire short life so far bullying Ethan. She...

  • Beth
    Dec 08, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

    Review originally published 27 October 2018 at Falling Letters. Oppel has delivered us another middle grade novel (to my delight, as I wasn?t much of a fan of his previous book, Every Hidden Thing [young adult historical fiction]). Inkling offers a compelling story that plays t...

    Inkling is a wonderful middle grade novel?imaginative, funny, and full of heart. There are delightful illustrations by Sydney Smith that are perfect at capturing the best moments in the novel, starting with the very first page and the nighttime prowling adventure of Rickman the cat. ...

    Ethan is struggling with the artwork for a collaborative graphic novel project he's completing for class. Although he tries hard, he's nowhere near as talented as his father, who is famous for a popular graphic novel series with a superhero. But he gets some unexpected help from an ink...

    This was such a surprise. Some books come at the right time and I am proof of that. The message this story has is powerful. It?s inspiring, breathtaking and very intense. Ethan lives in his father?s shadow somehow. His classmates expect him to inherit his dad?s talent at creat...

    Ken Oppel does it again with Inkling; a great novel with lots of kid appeal. The illustrations by Sydney Smith bring Inkling to life. The novel deals with hard issues, depression, death of a parent in a way that children can understand. Inkling's love of books is heartwarming to a book...

    Note: I received an ARC via a book sharing group in exchange for my honest review. (Although the book is now available to purchase.) Kenneth Oppel has penned another charming, fantastical novel for middle grade students. When an ink splotch begins to act like a living creature, need...

    I managed to get an ARC through my Book Portage ARC group. It's a very interesting story that has a little of everything: humour, action, heart. I loved the characters from the title character to Ethan, to his school nemesis. Even the cat was brilliantly written. There are so many ...

    This is hands down one of the best middle grade books I?ve read in a while, hence my devouring it in one sitting. The plot is fun and energetic but the characters are what makes this book incredible. Including Inkling! That little ink blot was a character all his own and he was the c...

    My one complaint with Inkling is in the characterization of the the publisher's daughter. She happens to be the same age as Ethan and happens to go to the same school. She even happens to be in the same class. She's also apparently spent her entire short life so far bullying Ethan. She...

    A huge thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book! I absolutely loved Inkling! Such a unique story. From page one, this book had me sucked in. Who knew an ink blot could make such an awesome, lovable character? I cannot wait until this is published and I can share it with students ...

    Audiobook with my 11 year old. She loved and couldn?t get enough of it and it exceeded my (3 star) expectations. An enjoyable story with action, humor, and real life that come together well. And who doesn?t love an adorable, helpful, come-to-life inkblot? However, be warned, the ma...

    One of the most original MG novels of 2018. I loved the story, the characters, and the twists and turns. But most of all, I loved the lessons quietly written that will mean something different for every child who reads it. I have so many students in mind with whom I want to share this,...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this newest novel from Kenneth Oppel. It was humorous and heartwarming with characters that you love and characters that you don't love but you "get." I feel like this novel has layers and would open up some great conversations with readers about things lik...

    This is a story about friendship between a boy and a drop of ink! Yup, a drop of ink! It also has deep themes like recovering from a great loss and taking responsibility while going through the stages of grief. . This was really good! ...

    I really liked this story of Ethan and the live ink blot who befriends him. Ethan's home life is complex without being an Afterschool Special, and he wrestles with ethical dilemmas in an age appropriate way, getting frustrated when his father fails some of the same tests he is set. ...

  • Lorie Barber
    Jan 12, 2019

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

    Review originally published 27 October 2018 at Falling Letters. Oppel has delivered us another middle grade novel (to my delight, as I wasn?t much of a fan of his previous book, Every Hidden Thing [young adult historical fiction]). Inkling offers a compelling story that plays t...

    Inkling is a wonderful middle grade novel?imaginative, funny, and full of heart. There are delightful illustrations by Sydney Smith that are perfect at capturing the best moments in the novel, starting with the very first page and the nighttime prowling adventure of Rickman the cat. ...

    Ethan is struggling with the artwork for a collaborative graphic novel project he's completing for class. Although he tries hard, he's nowhere near as talented as his father, who is famous for a popular graphic novel series with a superhero. But he gets some unexpected help from an ink...

    This was such a surprise. Some books come at the right time and I am proof of that. The message this story has is powerful. It?s inspiring, breathtaking and very intense. Ethan lives in his father?s shadow somehow. His classmates expect him to inherit his dad?s talent at creat...

    Ken Oppel does it again with Inkling; a great novel with lots of kid appeal. The illustrations by Sydney Smith bring Inkling to life. The novel deals with hard issues, depression, death of a parent in a way that children can understand. Inkling's love of books is heartwarming to a book...

    Note: I received an ARC via a book sharing group in exchange for my honest review. (Although the book is now available to purchase.) Kenneth Oppel has penned another charming, fantastical novel for middle grade students. When an ink splotch begins to act like a living creature, need...

    I managed to get an ARC through my Book Portage ARC group. It's a very interesting story that has a little of everything: humour, action, heart. I loved the characters from the title character to Ethan, to his school nemesis. Even the cat was brilliantly written. There are so many ...

    This is hands down one of the best middle grade books I?ve read in a while, hence my devouring it in one sitting. The plot is fun and energetic but the characters are what makes this book incredible. Including Inkling! That little ink blot was a character all his own and he was the c...

    My one complaint with Inkling is in the characterization of the the publisher's daughter. She happens to be the same age as Ethan and happens to go to the same school. She even happens to be in the same class. She's also apparently spent her entire short life so far bullying Ethan. She...

    A huge thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book! I absolutely loved Inkling! Such a unique story. From page one, this book had me sucked in. Who knew an ink blot could make such an awesome, lovable character? I cannot wait until this is published and I can share it with students ...

    Audiobook with my 11 year old. She loved and couldn?t get enough of it and it exceeded my (3 star) expectations. An enjoyable story with action, humor, and real life that come together well. And who doesn?t love an adorable, helpful, come-to-life inkblot? However, be warned, the ma...

    One of the most original MG novels of 2018. I loved the story, the characters, and the twists and turns. But most of all, I loved the lessons quietly written that will mean something different for every child who reads it. I have so many students in mind with whom I want to share this,...

  • Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
    Dec 08, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

  • Kaethe
    Dec 29, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

  • Barbara
    Nov 29, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

    Review originally published 27 October 2018 at Falling Letters. Oppel has delivered us another middle grade novel (to my delight, as I wasn?t much of a fan of his previous book, Every Hidden Thing [young adult historical fiction]). Inkling offers a compelling story that plays t...

    Inkling is a wonderful middle grade novel?imaginative, funny, and full of heart. There are delightful illustrations by Sydney Smith that are perfect at capturing the best moments in the novel, starting with the very first page and the nighttime prowling adventure of Rickman the cat. ...

    Ethan is struggling with the artwork for a collaborative graphic novel project he's completing for class. Although he tries hard, he's nowhere near as talented as his father, who is famous for a popular graphic novel series with a superhero. But he gets some unexpected help from an ink...

  • Allison
    Sep 08, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

    Review originally published 27 October 2018 at Falling Letters. Oppel has delivered us another middle grade novel (to my delight, as I wasn?t much of a fan of his previous book, Every Hidden Thing [young adult historical fiction]). Inkling offers a compelling story that plays t...

    Inkling is a wonderful middle grade novel?imaginative, funny, and full of heart. There are delightful illustrations by Sydney Smith that are perfect at capturing the best moments in the novel, starting with the very first page and the nighttime prowling adventure of Rickman the cat. ...

    Ethan is struggling with the artwork for a collaborative graphic novel project he's completing for class. Although he tries hard, he's nowhere near as talented as his father, who is famous for a popular graphic novel series with a superhero. But he gets some unexpected help from an ink...

    This was such a surprise. Some books come at the right time and I am proof of that. The message this story has is powerful. It?s inspiring, breathtaking and very intense. Ethan lives in his father?s shadow somehow. His classmates expect him to inherit his dad?s talent at creat...

    Ken Oppel does it again with Inkling; a great novel with lots of kid appeal. The illustrations by Sydney Smith bring Inkling to life. The novel deals with hard issues, depression, death of a parent in a way that children can understand. Inkling's love of books is heartwarming to a book...

    Note: I received an ARC via a book sharing group in exchange for my honest review. (Although the book is now available to purchase.) Kenneth Oppel has penned another charming, fantastical novel for middle grade students. When an ink splotch begins to act like a living creature, need...

    I managed to get an ARC through my Book Portage ARC group. It's a very interesting story that has a little of everything: humour, action, heart. I loved the characters from the title character to Ethan, to his school nemesis. Even the cat was brilliantly written. There are so many ...

    This is hands down one of the best middle grade books I?ve read in a while, hence my devouring it in one sitting. The plot is fun and energetic but the characters are what makes this book incredible. Including Inkling! That little ink blot was a character all his own and he was the c...

    My one complaint with Inkling is in the characterization of the the publisher's daughter. She happens to be the same age as Ethan and happens to go to the same school. She even happens to be in the same class. She's also apparently spent her entire short life so far bullying Ethan. She...

    A huge thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book! I absolutely loved Inkling! Such a unique story. From page one, this book had me sucked in. Who knew an ink blot could make such an awesome, lovable character? I cannot wait until this is published and I can share it with students ...

    Audiobook with my 11 year old. She loved and couldn?t get enough of it and it exceeded my (3 star) expectations. An enjoyable story with action, humor, and real life that come together well. And who doesn?t love an adorable, helpful, come-to-life inkblot? However, be warned, the ma...

    One of the most original MG novels of 2018. I loved the story, the characters, and the twists and turns. But most of all, I loved the lessons quietly written that will mean something different for every child who reads it. I have so many students in mind with whom I want to share this,...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this newest novel from Kenneth Oppel. It was humorous and heartwarming with characters that you love and characters that you don't love but you "get." I feel like this novel has layers and would open up some great conversations with readers about things lik...

    This is a story about friendship between a boy and a drop of ink! Yup, a drop of ink! It also has deep themes like recovering from a great loss and taking responsibility while going through the stages of grief. . This was really good! ...

    I really liked this story of Ethan and the live ink blot who befriends him. Ethan's home life is complex without being an Afterschool Special, and he wrestles with ethical dilemmas in an age appropriate way, getting frustrated when his father fails some of the same tests he is set. ...

    This was an uncorrected advance proof that found its way to me from Book Expo. Very clever idea. Great read. Would recommend. ...

    4.25/5 This was really adorable, fun, and bittersweet all at the same time. Kenneth Oppel has done yet another great book with Inkling, ...

    The first book I ever read by Kenneth Oppel was Airborn. I can still remember how my ten-year-old self was just absolutely taken away by this high sea adventure and was left wishing that I could join Matt and Kate on their adventures. Over the years I?ve embarked on so many fantas...

    I just finished an advanced reader?s copy of this Middle School thriller-fantasy. That may not be an actual genre, but it works for me. For pure entertainment, this book checks all the boxes. A likable hero, an original plot, page turning excitement and best of all, Inkling himself, ...

  • Holly
    Nov 26, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

    Review originally published 27 October 2018 at Falling Letters. Oppel has delivered us another middle grade novel (to my delight, as I wasn?t much of a fan of his previous book, Every Hidden Thing [young adult historical fiction]). Inkling offers a compelling story that plays t...

    Inkling is a wonderful middle grade novel?imaginative, funny, and full of heart. There are delightful illustrations by Sydney Smith that are perfect at capturing the best moments in the novel, starting with the very first page and the nighttime prowling adventure of Rickman the cat. ...

  • Jenna (Falling Letters)
    May 27, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

    Review originally published 27 October 2018 at Falling Letters. Oppel has delivered us another middle grade novel (to my delight, as I wasn?t much of a fan of his previous book, Every Hidden Thing [young adult historical fiction]). Inkling offers a compelling story that plays t...

  • Aaron
    Jul 28, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

    Review originally published 27 October 2018 at Falling Letters. Oppel has delivered us another middle grade novel (to my delight, as I wasn?t much of a fan of his previous book, Every Hidden Thing [young adult historical fiction]). Inkling offers a compelling story that plays t...

    Inkling is a wonderful middle grade novel?imaginative, funny, and full of heart. There are delightful illustrations by Sydney Smith that are perfect at capturing the best moments in the novel, starting with the very first page and the nighttime prowling adventure of Rickman the cat. ...

    Ethan is struggling with the artwork for a collaborative graphic novel project he's completing for class. Although he tries hard, he's nowhere near as talented as his father, who is famous for a popular graphic novel series with a superhero. But he gets some unexpected help from an ink...

    This was such a surprise. Some books come at the right time and I am proof of that. The message this story has is powerful. It?s inspiring, breathtaking and very intense. Ethan lives in his father?s shadow somehow. His classmates expect him to inherit his dad?s talent at creat...

    Ken Oppel does it again with Inkling; a great novel with lots of kid appeal. The illustrations by Sydney Smith bring Inkling to life. The novel deals with hard issues, depression, death of a parent in a way that children can understand. Inkling's love of books is heartwarming to a book...

    Note: I received an ARC via a book sharing group in exchange for my honest review. (Although the book is now available to purchase.) Kenneth Oppel has penned another charming, fantastical novel for middle grade students. When an ink splotch begins to act like a living creature, need...

    I managed to get an ARC through my Book Portage ARC group. It's a very interesting story that has a little of everything: humour, action, heart. I loved the characters from the title character to Ethan, to his school nemesis. Even the cat was brilliantly written. There are so many ...

  • Danielle
    Dec 17, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

  • Laura Thomas
    Nov 17, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

  • Clare Lund
    Jan 19, 2019

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

  • Theresa Grissom
    Jun 29, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

    Review originally published 27 October 2018 at Falling Letters. Oppel has delivered us another middle grade novel (to my delight, as I wasn?t much of a fan of his previous book, Every Hidden Thing [young adult historical fiction]). Inkling offers a compelling story that plays t...

    Inkling is a wonderful middle grade novel?imaginative, funny, and full of heart. There are delightful illustrations by Sydney Smith that are perfect at capturing the best moments in the novel, starting with the very first page and the nighttime prowling adventure of Rickman the cat. ...

    Ethan is struggling with the artwork for a collaborative graphic novel project he's completing for class. Although he tries hard, he's nowhere near as talented as his father, who is famous for a popular graphic novel series with a superhero. But he gets some unexpected help from an ink...

    This was such a surprise. Some books come at the right time and I am proof of that. The message this story has is powerful. It?s inspiring, breathtaking and very intense. Ethan lives in his father?s shadow somehow. His classmates expect him to inherit his dad?s talent at creat...

    Ken Oppel does it again with Inkling; a great novel with lots of kid appeal. The illustrations by Sydney Smith bring Inkling to life. The novel deals with hard issues, depression, death of a parent in a way that children can understand. Inkling's love of books is heartwarming to a book...

    Note: I received an ARC via a book sharing group in exchange for my honest review. (Although the book is now available to purchase.) Kenneth Oppel has penned another charming, fantastical novel for middle grade students. When an ink splotch begins to act like a living creature, need...

    I managed to get an ARC through my Book Portage ARC group. It's a very interesting story that has a little of everything: humour, action, heart. I loved the characters from the title character to Ethan, to his school nemesis. Even the cat was brilliantly written. There are so many ...

    This is hands down one of the best middle grade books I?ve read in a while, hence my devouring it in one sitting. The plot is fun and energetic but the characters are what makes this book incredible. Including Inkling! That little ink blot was a character all his own and he was the c...

    My one complaint with Inkling is in the characterization of the the publisher's daughter. She happens to be the same age as Ethan and happens to go to the same school. She even happens to be in the same class. She's also apparently spent her entire short life so far bullying Ethan. She...

    A huge thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book! I absolutely loved Inkling! Such a unique story. From page one, this book had me sucked in. Who knew an ink blot could make such an awesome, lovable character? I cannot wait until this is published and I can share it with students ...

  • Stephanie - Adventures Thru Wonderland
    Dec 08, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

  • Cee
    Oct 26, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

    Review originally published 27 October 2018 at Falling Letters. Oppel has delivered us another middle grade novel (to my delight, as I wasn?t much of a fan of his previous book, Every Hidden Thing [young adult historical fiction]). Inkling offers a compelling story that plays t...

    Inkling is a wonderful middle grade novel?imaginative, funny, and full of heart. There are delightful illustrations by Sydney Smith that are perfect at capturing the best moments in the novel, starting with the very first page and the nighttime prowling adventure of Rickman the cat. ...

    Ethan is struggling with the artwork for a collaborative graphic novel project he's completing for class. Although he tries hard, he's nowhere near as talented as his father, who is famous for a popular graphic novel series with a superhero. But he gets some unexpected help from an ink...

    This was such a surprise. Some books come at the right time and I am proof of that. The message this story has is powerful. It?s inspiring, breathtaking and very intense. Ethan lives in his father?s shadow somehow. His classmates expect him to inherit his dad?s talent at creat...

    Ken Oppel does it again with Inkling; a great novel with lots of kid appeal. The illustrations by Sydney Smith bring Inkling to life. The novel deals with hard issues, depression, death of a parent in a way that children can understand. Inkling's love of books is heartwarming to a book...

  • Kary H.
    Jun 04, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

    Review originally published 27 October 2018 at Falling Letters. Oppel has delivered us another middle grade novel (to my delight, as I wasn?t much of a fan of his previous book, Every Hidden Thing [young adult historical fiction]). Inkling offers a compelling story that plays t...

    Inkling is a wonderful middle grade novel?imaginative, funny, and full of heart. There are delightful illustrations by Sydney Smith that are perfect at capturing the best moments in the novel, starting with the very first page and the nighttime prowling adventure of Rickman the cat. ...

    Ethan is struggling with the artwork for a collaborative graphic novel project he's completing for class. Although he tries hard, he's nowhere near as talented as his father, who is famous for a popular graphic novel series with a superhero. But he gets some unexpected help from an ink...

    This was such a surprise. Some books come at the right time and I am proof of that. The message this story has is powerful. It?s inspiring, breathtaking and very intense. Ethan lives in his father?s shadow somehow. His classmates expect him to inherit his dad?s talent at creat...

    Ken Oppel does it again with Inkling; a great novel with lots of kid appeal. The illustrations by Sydney Smith bring Inkling to life. The novel deals with hard issues, depression, death of a parent in a way that children can understand. Inkling's love of books is heartwarming to a book...

    Note: I received an ARC via a book sharing group in exchange for my honest review. (Although the book is now available to purchase.) Kenneth Oppel has penned another charming, fantastical novel for middle grade students. When an ink splotch begins to act like a living creature, need...

    I managed to get an ARC through my Book Portage ARC group. It's a very interesting story that has a little of everything: humour, action, heart. I loved the characters from the title character to Ethan, to his school nemesis. Even the cat was brilliantly written. There are so many ...

    This is hands down one of the best middle grade books I?ve read in a while, hence my devouring it in one sitting. The plot is fun and energetic but the characters are what makes this book incredible. Including Inkling! That little ink blot was a character all his own and he was the c...

    My one complaint with Inkling is in the characterization of the the publisher's daughter. She happens to be the same age as Ethan and happens to go to the same school. She even happens to be in the same class. She's also apparently spent her entire short life so far bullying Ethan. She...

    A huge thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book! I absolutely loved Inkling! Such a unique story. From page one, this book had me sucked in. Who knew an ink blot could make such an awesome, lovable character? I cannot wait until this is published and I can share it with students ...

    Audiobook with my 11 year old. She loved and couldn?t get enough of it and it exceeded my (3 star) expectations. An enjoyable story with action, humor, and real life that come together well. And who doesn?t love an adorable, helpful, come-to-life inkblot? However, be warned, the ma...

    One of the most original MG novels of 2018. I loved the story, the characters, and the twists and turns. But most of all, I loved the lessons quietly written that will mean something different for every child who reads it. I have so many students in mind with whom I want to share this,...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this newest novel from Kenneth Oppel. It was humorous and heartwarming with characters that you love and characters that you don't love but you "get." I feel like this novel has layers and would open up some great conversations with readers about things lik...

    This is a story about friendship between a boy and a drop of ink! Yup, a drop of ink! It also has deep themes like recovering from a great loss and taking responsibility while going through the stages of grief. . This was really good! ...

    I really liked this story of Ethan and the live ink blot who befriends him. Ethan's home life is complex without being an Afterschool Special, and he wrestles with ethical dilemmas in an age appropriate way, getting frustrated when his father fails some of the same tests he is set. ...

    This was an uncorrected advance proof that found its way to me from Book Expo. Very clever idea. Great read. Would recommend. ...

    4.25/5 This was really adorable, fun, and bittersweet all at the same time. Kenneth Oppel has done yet another great book with Inkling, ...

    The first book I ever read by Kenneth Oppel was Airborn. I can still remember how my ten-year-old self was just absolutely taken away by this high sea adventure and was left wishing that I could join Matt and Kate on their adventures. Over the years I?ve embarked on so many fantas...

    I just finished an advanced reader?s copy of this Middle School thriller-fantasy. That may not be an actual genre, but it works for me. For pure entertainment, this book checks all the boxes. A likable hero, an original plot, page turning excitement and best of all, Inkling himself, ...

    Thanks to #NetGalley for providing an ARC of this amazing middle-grade book. I'm not sure how Kenneth Oppel made me care for an inkblot so deeply, but he did. Because of that, I could not put this book down. A touching story of creativity, family, loss, friendship, and, ultimately, lov...

  • Leanne C
    Jul 31, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

    Review originally published 27 October 2018 at Falling Letters. Oppel has delivered us another middle grade novel (to my delight, as I wasn?t much of a fan of his previous book, Every Hidden Thing [young adult historical fiction]). Inkling offers a compelling story that plays t...

    Inkling is a wonderful middle grade novel?imaginative, funny, and full of heart. There are delightful illustrations by Sydney Smith that are perfect at capturing the best moments in the novel, starting with the very first page and the nighttime prowling adventure of Rickman the cat. ...

    Ethan is struggling with the artwork for a collaborative graphic novel project he's completing for class. Although he tries hard, he's nowhere near as talented as his father, who is famous for a popular graphic novel series with a superhero. But he gets some unexpected help from an ink...

    This was such a surprise. Some books come at the right time and I am proof of that. The message this story has is powerful. It?s inspiring, breathtaking and very intense. Ethan lives in his father?s shadow somehow. His classmates expect him to inherit his dad?s talent at creat...

    Ken Oppel does it again with Inkling; a great novel with lots of kid appeal. The illustrations by Sydney Smith bring Inkling to life. The novel deals with hard issues, depression, death of a parent in a way that children can understand. Inkling's love of books is heartwarming to a book...

    Note: I received an ARC via a book sharing group in exchange for my honest review. (Although the book is now available to purchase.) Kenneth Oppel has penned another charming, fantastical novel for middle grade students. When an ink splotch begins to act like a living creature, need...

    I managed to get an ARC through my Book Portage ARC group. It's a very interesting story that has a little of everything: humour, action, heart. I loved the characters from the title character to Ethan, to his school nemesis. Even the cat was brilliantly written. There are so many ...

    This is hands down one of the best middle grade books I?ve read in a while, hence my devouring it in one sitting. The plot is fun and energetic but the characters are what makes this book incredible. Including Inkling! That little ink blot was a character all his own and he was the c...

    My one complaint with Inkling is in the characterization of the the publisher's daughter. She happens to be the same age as Ethan and happens to go to the same school. She even happens to be in the same class. She's also apparently spent her entire short life so far bullying Ethan. She...

    A huge thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book! I absolutely loved Inkling! Such a unique story. From page one, this book had me sucked in. Who knew an ink blot could make such an awesome, lovable character? I cannot wait until this is published and I can share it with students ...

    Audiobook with my 11 year old. She loved and couldn?t get enough of it and it exceeded my (3 star) expectations. An enjoyable story with action, humor, and real life that come together well. And who doesn?t love an adorable, helpful, come-to-life inkblot? However, be warned, the ma...

    One of the most original MG novels of 2018. I loved the story, the characters, and the twists and turns. But most of all, I loved the lessons quietly written that will mean something different for every child who reads it. I have so many students in mind with whom I want to share this,...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this newest novel from Kenneth Oppel. It was humorous and heartwarming with characters that you love and characters that you don't love but you "get." I feel like this novel has layers and would open up some great conversations with readers about things lik...

  • Lilly Charysma
    Dec 22, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

    Review originally published 27 October 2018 at Falling Letters. Oppel has delivered us another middle grade novel (to my delight, as I wasn?t much of a fan of his previous book, Every Hidden Thing [young adult historical fiction]). Inkling offers a compelling story that plays t...

    Inkling is a wonderful middle grade novel?imaginative, funny, and full of heart. There are delightful illustrations by Sydney Smith that are perfect at capturing the best moments in the novel, starting with the very first page and the nighttime prowling adventure of Rickman the cat. ...

    Ethan is struggling with the artwork for a collaborative graphic novel project he's completing for class. Although he tries hard, he's nowhere near as talented as his father, who is famous for a popular graphic novel series with a superhero. But he gets some unexpected help from an ink...

    This was such a surprise. Some books come at the right time and I am proof of that. The message this story has is powerful. It?s inspiring, breathtaking and very intense. Ethan lives in his father?s shadow somehow. His classmates expect him to inherit his dad?s talent at creat...

  • Niki
    Sep 21, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

    Review originally published 27 October 2018 at Falling Letters. Oppel has delivered us another middle grade novel (to my delight, as I wasn?t much of a fan of his previous book, Every Hidden Thing [young adult historical fiction]). Inkling offers a compelling story that plays t...

    Inkling is a wonderful middle grade novel?imaginative, funny, and full of heart. There are delightful illustrations by Sydney Smith that are perfect at capturing the best moments in the novel, starting with the very first page and the nighttime prowling adventure of Rickman the cat. ...

    Ethan is struggling with the artwork for a collaborative graphic novel project he's completing for class. Although he tries hard, he's nowhere near as talented as his father, who is famous for a popular graphic novel series with a superhero. But he gets some unexpected help from an ink...

    This was such a surprise. Some books come at the right time and I am proof of that. The message this story has is powerful. It?s inspiring, breathtaking and very intense. Ethan lives in his father?s shadow somehow. His classmates expect him to inherit his dad?s talent at creat...

    Ken Oppel does it again with Inkling; a great novel with lots of kid appeal. The illustrations by Sydney Smith bring Inkling to life. The novel deals with hard issues, depression, death of a parent in a way that children can understand. Inkling's love of books is heartwarming to a book...

    Note: I received an ARC via a book sharing group in exchange for my honest review. (Although the book is now available to purchase.) Kenneth Oppel has penned another charming, fantastical novel for middle grade students. When an ink splotch begins to act like a living creature, need...

  • Heather Moore
    Jan 24, 2019

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

    Review originally published 27 October 2018 at Falling Letters. Oppel has delivered us another middle grade novel (to my delight, as I wasn?t much of a fan of his previous book, Every Hidden Thing [young adult historical fiction]). Inkling offers a compelling story that plays t...

    Inkling is a wonderful middle grade novel?imaginative, funny, and full of heart. There are delightful illustrations by Sydney Smith that are perfect at capturing the best moments in the novel, starting with the very first page and the nighttime prowling adventure of Rickman the cat. ...

    Ethan is struggling with the artwork for a collaborative graphic novel project he's completing for class. Although he tries hard, he's nowhere near as talented as his father, who is famous for a popular graphic novel series with a superhero. But he gets some unexpected help from an ink...

    This was such a surprise. Some books come at the right time and I am proof of that. The message this story has is powerful. It?s inspiring, breathtaking and very intense. Ethan lives in his father?s shadow somehow. His classmates expect him to inherit his dad?s talent at creat...

    Ken Oppel does it again with Inkling; a great novel with lots of kid appeal. The illustrations by Sydney Smith bring Inkling to life. The novel deals with hard issues, depression, death of a parent in a way that children can understand. Inkling's love of books is heartwarming to a book...

    Note: I received an ARC via a book sharing group in exchange for my honest review. (Although the book is now available to purchase.) Kenneth Oppel has penned another charming, fantastical novel for middle grade students. When an ink splotch begins to act like a living creature, need...

    I managed to get an ARC through my Book Portage ARC group. It's a very interesting story that has a little of everything: humour, action, heart. I loved the characters from the title character to Ethan, to his school nemesis. Even the cat was brilliantly written. There are so many ...

    This is hands down one of the best middle grade books I?ve read in a while, hence my devouring it in one sitting. The plot is fun and energetic but the characters are what makes this book incredible. Including Inkling! That little ink blot was a character all his own and he was the c...

    My one complaint with Inkling is in the characterization of the the publisher's daughter. She happens to be the same age as Ethan and happens to go to the same school. She even happens to be in the same class. She's also apparently spent her entire short life so far bullying Ethan. She...

    A huge thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book! I absolutely loved Inkling! Such a unique story. From page one, this book had me sucked in. Who knew an ink blot could make such an awesome, lovable character? I cannot wait until this is published and I can share it with students ...

    Audiobook with my 11 year old. She loved and couldn?t get enough of it and it exceeded my (3 star) expectations. An enjoyable story with action, humor, and real life that come together well. And who doesn?t love an adorable, helpful, come-to-life inkblot? However, be warned, the ma...

  • Kath
    Jul 02, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

    Review originally published 27 October 2018 at Falling Letters. Oppel has delivered us another middle grade novel (to my delight, as I wasn?t much of a fan of his previous book, Every Hidden Thing [young adult historical fiction]). Inkling offers a compelling story that plays t...

    Inkling is a wonderful middle grade novel?imaginative, funny, and full of heart. There are delightful illustrations by Sydney Smith that are perfect at capturing the best moments in the novel, starting with the very first page and the nighttime prowling adventure of Rickman the cat. ...

    Ethan is struggling with the artwork for a collaborative graphic novel project he's completing for class. Although he tries hard, he's nowhere near as talented as his father, who is famous for a popular graphic novel series with a superhero. But he gets some unexpected help from an ink...

    This was such a surprise. Some books come at the right time and I am proof of that. The message this story has is powerful. It?s inspiring, breathtaking and very intense. Ethan lives in his father?s shadow somehow. His classmates expect him to inherit his dad?s talent at creat...

    Ken Oppel does it again with Inkling; a great novel with lots of kid appeal. The illustrations by Sydney Smith bring Inkling to life. The novel deals with hard issues, depression, death of a parent in a way that children can understand. Inkling's love of books is heartwarming to a book...

    Note: I received an ARC via a book sharing group in exchange for my honest review. (Although the book is now available to purchase.) Kenneth Oppel has penned another charming, fantastical novel for middle grade students. When an ink splotch begins to act like a living creature, need...

    I managed to get an ARC through my Book Portage ARC group. It's a very interesting story that has a little of everything: humour, action, heart. I loved the characters from the title character to Ethan, to his school nemesis. Even the cat was brilliantly written. There are so many ...

    This is hands down one of the best middle grade books I?ve read in a while, hence my devouring it in one sitting. The plot is fun and energetic but the characters are what makes this book incredible. Including Inkling! That little ink blot was a character all his own and he was the c...

  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    Oct 25, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

  • Basyirah
    Dec 03, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

  • Sam
    Sep 14, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

    Review originally published 27 October 2018 at Falling Letters. Oppel has delivered us another middle grade novel (to my delight, as I wasn?t much of a fan of his previous book, Every Hidden Thing [young adult historical fiction]). Inkling offers a compelling story that plays t...

    Inkling is a wonderful middle grade novel?imaginative, funny, and full of heart. There are delightful illustrations by Sydney Smith that are perfect at capturing the best moments in the novel, starting with the very first page and the nighttime prowling adventure of Rickman the cat. ...

    Ethan is struggling with the artwork for a collaborative graphic novel project he's completing for class. Although he tries hard, he's nowhere near as talented as his father, who is famous for a popular graphic novel series with a superhero. But he gets some unexpected help from an ink...

    This was such a surprise. Some books come at the right time and I am proof of that. The message this story has is powerful. It?s inspiring, breathtaking and very intense. Ethan lives in his father?s shadow somehow. His classmates expect him to inherit his dad?s talent at creat...

    Ken Oppel does it again with Inkling; a great novel with lots of kid appeal. The illustrations by Sydney Smith bring Inkling to life. The novel deals with hard issues, depression, death of a parent in a way that children can understand. Inkling's love of books is heartwarming to a book...

    Note: I received an ARC via a book sharing group in exchange for my honest review. (Although the book is now available to purchase.) Kenneth Oppel has penned another charming, fantastical novel for middle grade students. When an ink splotch begins to act like a living creature, need...

    I managed to get an ARC through my Book Portage ARC group. It's a very interesting story that has a little of everything: humour, action, heart. I loved the characters from the title character to Ethan, to his school nemesis. Even the cat was brilliantly written. There are so many ...

    This is hands down one of the best middle grade books I?ve read in a while, hence my devouring it in one sitting. The plot is fun and energetic but the characters are what makes this book incredible. Including Inkling! That little ink blot was a character all his own and he was the c...

    My one complaint with Inkling is in the characterization of the the publisher's daughter. She happens to be the same age as Ethan and happens to go to the same school. She even happens to be in the same class. She's also apparently spent her entire short life so far bullying Ethan. She...

    A huge thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book! I absolutely loved Inkling! Such a unique story. From page one, this book had me sucked in. Who knew an ink blot could make such an awesome, lovable character? I cannot wait until this is published and I can share it with students ...

    Audiobook with my 11 year old. She loved and couldn?t get enough of it and it exceeded my (3 star) expectations. An enjoyable story with action, humor, and real life that come together well. And who doesn?t love an adorable, helpful, come-to-life inkblot? However, be warned, the ma...

    One of the most original MG novels of 2018. I loved the story, the characters, and the twists and turns. But most of all, I loved the lessons quietly written that will mean something different for every child who reads it. I have so many students in mind with whom I want to share this,...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this newest novel from Kenneth Oppel. It was humorous and heartwarming with characters that you love and characters that you don't love but you "get." I feel like this novel has layers and would open up some great conversations with readers about things lik...

    This is a story about friendship between a boy and a drop of ink! Yup, a drop of ink! It also has deep themes like recovering from a great loss and taking responsibility while going through the stages of grief. . This was really good! ...

    I really liked this story of Ethan and the live ink blot who befriends him. Ethan's home life is complex without being an Afterschool Special, and he wrestles with ethical dilemmas in an age appropriate way, getting frustrated when his father fails some of the same tests he is set. ...

    This was an uncorrected advance proof that found its way to me from Book Expo. Very clever idea. Great read. Would recommend. ...

    4.25/5 This was really adorable, fun, and bittersweet all at the same time. Kenneth Oppel has done yet another great book with Inkling, ...

  • David
    Jun 14, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

    Review originally published 27 October 2018 at Falling Letters. Oppel has delivered us another middle grade novel (to my delight, as I wasn?t much of a fan of his previous book, Every Hidden Thing [young adult historical fiction]). Inkling offers a compelling story that plays t...

    Inkling is a wonderful middle grade novel?imaginative, funny, and full of heart. There are delightful illustrations by Sydney Smith that are perfect at capturing the best moments in the novel, starting with the very first page and the nighttime prowling adventure of Rickman the cat. ...

    Ethan is struggling with the artwork for a collaborative graphic novel project he's completing for class. Although he tries hard, he's nowhere near as talented as his father, who is famous for a popular graphic novel series with a superhero. But he gets some unexpected help from an ink...

    This was such a surprise. Some books come at the right time and I am proof of that. The message this story has is powerful. It?s inspiring, breathtaking and very intense. Ethan lives in his father?s shadow somehow. His classmates expect him to inherit his dad?s talent at creat...

    Ken Oppel does it again with Inkling; a great novel with lots of kid appeal. The illustrations by Sydney Smith bring Inkling to life. The novel deals with hard issues, depression, death of a parent in a way that children can understand. Inkling's love of books is heartwarming to a book...

    Note: I received an ARC via a book sharing group in exchange for my honest review. (Although the book is now available to purchase.) Kenneth Oppel has penned another charming, fantastical novel for middle grade students. When an ink splotch begins to act like a living creature, need...

    I managed to get an ARC through my Book Portage ARC group. It's a very interesting story that has a little of everything: humour, action, heart. I loved the characters from the title character to Ethan, to his school nemesis. Even the cat was brilliantly written. There are so many ...

    This is hands down one of the best middle grade books I?ve read in a while, hence my devouring it in one sitting. The plot is fun and energetic but the characters are what makes this book incredible. Including Inkling! That little ink blot was a character all his own and he was the c...

    My one complaint with Inkling is in the characterization of the the publisher's daughter. She happens to be the same age as Ethan and happens to go to the same school. She even happens to be in the same class. She's also apparently spent her entire short life so far bullying Ethan. She...

    A huge thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book! I absolutely loved Inkling! Such a unique story. From page one, this book had me sucked in. Who knew an ink blot could make such an awesome, lovable character? I cannot wait until this is published and I can share it with students ...

    Audiobook with my 11 year old. She loved and couldn?t get enough of it and it exceeded my (3 star) expectations. An enjoyable story with action, humor, and real life that come together well. And who doesn?t love an adorable, helpful, come-to-life inkblot? However, be warned, the ma...

    One of the most original MG novels of 2018. I loved the story, the characters, and the twists and turns. But most of all, I loved the lessons quietly written that will mean something different for every child who reads it. I have so many students in mind with whom I want to share this,...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this newest novel from Kenneth Oppel. It was humorous and heartwarming with characters that you love and characters that you don't love but you "get." I feel like this novel has layers and would open up some great conversations with readers about things lik...

    This is a story about friendship between a boy and a drop of ink! Yup, a drop of ink! It also has deep themes like recovering from a great loss and taking responsibility while going through the stages of grief. . This was really good! ...

    I really liked this story of Ethan and the live ink blot who befriends him. Ethan's home life is complex without being an Afterschool Special, and he wrestles with ethical dilemmas in an age appropriate way, getting frustrated when his father fails some of the same tests he is set. ...

    This was an uncorrected advance proof that found its way to me from Book Expo. Very clever idea. Great read. Would recommend. ...

  • BookishOwlette
    Dec 10, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

    Review originally published 27 October 2018 at Falling Letters. Oppel has delivered us another middle grade novel (to my delight, as I wasn?t much of a fan of his previous book, Every Hidden Thing [young adult historical fiction]). Inkling offers a compelling story that plays t...

    Inkling is a wonderful middle grade novel?imaginative, funny, and full of heart. There are delightful illustrations by Sydney Smith that are perfect at capturing the best moments in the novel, starting with the very first page and the nighttime prowling adventure of Rickman the cat. ...

    Ethan is struggling with the artwork for a collaborative graphic novel project he's completing for class. Although he tries hard, he's nowhere near as talented as his father, who is famous for a popular graphic novel series with a superhero. But he gets some unexpected help from an ink...

    This was such a surprise. Some books come at the right time and I am proof of that. The message this story has is powerful. It?s inspiring, breathtaking and very intense. Ethan lives in his father?s shadow somehow. His classmates expect him to inherit his dad?s talent at creat...

    Ken Oppel does it again with Inkling; a great novel with lots of kid appeal. The illustrations by Sydney Smith bring Inkling to life. The novel deals with hard issues, depression, death of a parent in a way that children can understand. Inkling's love of books is heartwarming to a book...

    Note: I received an ARC via a book sharing group in exchange for my honest review. (Although the book is now available to purchase.) Kenneth Oppel has penned another charming, fantastical novel for middle grade students. When an ink splotch begins to act like a living creature, need...

    I managed to get an ARC through my Book Portage ARC group. It's a very interesting story that has a little of everything: humour, action, heart. I loved the characters from the title character to Ethan, to his school nemesis. Even the cat was brilliantly written. There are so many ...

    This is hands down one of the best middle grade books I?ve read in a while, hence my devouring it in one sitting. The plot is fun and energetic but the characters are what makes this book incredible. Including Inkling! That little ink blot was a character all his own and he was the c...

    My one complaint with Inkling is in the characterization of the the publisher's daughter. She happens to be the same age as Ethan and happens to go to the same school. She even happens to be in the same class. She's also apparently spent her entire short life so far bullying Ethan. She...

    A huge thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book! I absolutely loved Inkling! Such a unique story. From page one, this book had me sucked in. Who knew an ink blot could make such an awesome, lovable character? I cannot wait until this is published and I can share it with students ...

    Audiobook with my 11 year old. She loved and couldn?t get enough of it and it exceeded my (3 star) expectations. An enjoyable story with action, humor, and real life that come together well. And who doesn?t love an adorable, helpful, come-to-life inkblot? However, be warned, the ma...

    One of the most original MG novels of 2018. I loved the story, the characters, and the twists and turns. But most of all, I loved the lessons quietly written that will mean something different for every child who reads it. I have so many students in mind with whom I want to share this,...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this newest novel from Kenneth Oppel. It was humorous and heartwarming with characters that you love and characters that you don't love but you "get." I feel like this novel has layers and would open up some great conversations with readers about things lik...

    This is a story about friendship between a boy and a drop of ink! Yup, a drop of ink! It also has deep themes like recovering from a great loss and taking responsibility while going through the stages of grief. . This was really good! ...

  • TheReadingCornerforAll Lopez
    Nov 15, 2018

    Uplifting, heartfelt and very immersive to read. Inkling is such a great character to stand by his family in the storm of need. We could all use an Inkling every once in a while. Ethan is working on a group project for school. Their assignment is to create a graphic novel. Among...

    "It's no easy thing, creating a story." (p.128) ...

    "No one was awake to see it happen..." Ethan was in a big trouble. He'd been chosen to draw for his group's comic book project. While his dad was a known and talented comic book artist, Peter Rylance, Ethan couldn't draw a stick figure to save a life. One night, an ink blot magicall...

    Inkling is a middle-grade novel with a ton of heart and imagination! It centers around a young boy named Ethan, his family, and a little ink blob that changes their life. It?s an engaging and fun story that tackles some heavy themes without ever becoming too overwhelming. Inkling...

    Moral conundrums rarely appear in middle grade novels. Or really any novels. It's much easier to write good and bad guys who only do good or bad things respectively and leave it at that. But I love complexity and ambiguity and myriad greys. So this is my jam. There's a blob of ink spon...

    Books that encourage me to use my imagination, to stretch it, are always a delight. And Inkling was quite a stretch. Imagine an inkblot coming to life. All the things it could become. Ethan Rylance got himself in a big pickle. He volunteered to do the illustrations for his school?...

    *I received an ARC from the publisher for the official blog tour. This does not affect my review.* I read this, and at first I wans't sure what to think. The idea sounded interesting, though the author was new to me, and I hadn't heard much about him or this book. Now I'll admit, I ...

    What started as a fun, quirky read had me in tears by the end. Inkling shows up in Ethan?s life after his mom dies and his dad is struggling with survivor?s guilt and writer?s block. Funny and sweet story with a beautifully heartfelt ending. Ages 9 and up. ...

    This was a fun, quirky story and our whole family loved listening to this one. ...

    Review originally published 27 October 2018 at Falling Letters. Oppel has delivered us another middle grade novel (to my delight, as I wasn?t much of a fan of his previous book, Every Hidden Thing [young adult historical fiction]). Inkling offers a compelling story that plays t...

    Inkling is a wonderful middle grade novel?imaginative, funny, and full of heart. There are delightful illustrations by Sydney Smith that are perfect at capturing the best moments in the novel, starting with the very first page and the nighttime prowling adventure of Rickman the cat. ...

    Ethan is struggling with the artwork for a collaborative graphic novel project he's completing for class. Although he tries hard, he's nowhere near as talented as his father, who is famous for a popular graphic novel series with a superhero. But he gets some unexpected help from an ink...

    This was such a surprise. Some books come at the right time and I am proof of that. The message this story has is powerful. It?s inspiring, breathtaking and very intense. Ethan lives in his father?s shadow somehow. His classmates expect him to inherit his dad?s talent at creat...

    Ken Oppel does it again with Inkling; a great novel with lots of kid appeal. The illustrations by Sydney Smith bring Inkling to life. The novel deals with hard issues, depression, death of a parent in a way that children can understand. Inkling's love of books is heartwarming to a book...

    Note: I received an ARC via a book sharing group in exchange for my honest review. (Although the book is now available to purchase.) Kenneth Oppel has penned another charming, fantastical novel for middle grade students. When an ink splotch begins to act like a living creature, need...

    I managed to get an ARC through my Book Portage ARC group. It's a very interesting story that has a little of everything: humour, action, heart. I loved the characters from the title character to Ethan, to his school nemesis. Even the cat was brilliantly written. There are so many ...

    This is hands down one of the best middle grade books I?ve read in a while, hence my devouring it in one sitting. The plot is fun and energetic but the characters are what makes this book incredible. Including Inkling! That little ink blot was a character all his own and he was the c...

    My one complaint with Inkling is in the characterization of the the publisher's daughter. She happens to be the same age as Ethan and happens to go to the same school. She even happens to be in the same class. She's also apparently spent her entire short life so far bullying Ethan. She...

    A huge thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book! I absolutely loved Inkling! Such a unique story. From page one, this book had me sucked in. Who knew an ink blot could make such an awesome, lovable character? I cannot wait until this is published and I can share it with students ...

    Audiobook with my 11 year old. She loved and couldn?t get enough of it and it exceeded my (3 star) expectations. An enjoyable story with action, humor, and real life that come together well. And who doesn?t love an adorable, helpful, come-to-life inkblot? However, be warned, the ma...

    One of the most original MG novels of 2018. I loved the story, the characters, and the twists and turns. But most of all, I loved the lessons quietly written that will mean something different for every child who reads it. I have so many students in mind with whom I want to share this,...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this newest novel from Kenneth Oppel. It was humorous and heartwarming with characters that you love and characters that you don't love but you "get." I feel like this novel has layers and would open up some great conversations with readers about things lik...

    This is a story about friendship between a boy and a drop of ink! Yup, a drop of ink! It also has deep themes like recovering from a great loss and taking responsibility while going through the stages of grief. . This was really good! ...

    I really liked this story of Ethan and the live ink blot who befriends him. Ethan's home life is complex without being an Afterschool Special, and he wrestles with ethical dilemmas in an age appropriate way, getting frustrated when his father fails some of the same tests he is set. ...

    This was an uncorrected advance proof that found its way to me from Book Expo. Very clever idea. Great read. Would recommend. ...

    4.25/5 This was really adorable, fun, and bittersweet all at the same time. Kenneth Oppel has done yet another great book with Inkling, ...

    The first book I ever read by Kenneth Oppel was Airborn. I can still remember how my ten-year-old self was just absolutely taken away by this high sea adventure and was left wishing that I could join Matt and Kate on their adventures. Over the years I?ve embarked on so many fantas...