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Author Cornelia Maria Funke was born in Dorsten, Germany on December 10, 1958. After graduating from the University of Hamburg, she worked as a social worker for three years. After completing a course in book illustration at the Hamburg State College of Design, she worked as a children's book illustrator and designed board games. Her desire to draw magical worlds and her disappointment over the way some stories were written inspired her to write her own children's books. Her book, The Thief Lord, won the Mildred L. Batchelder Award for the best translated children's book of the year and the Book Sense Book of the Year Award. She has also received the Book Sense Children's Literature Award for Inkheart and Inkspell. Funke has written numerous books including Dragon Rider, When Santa Fell to Earth, Igraine The Brave, Reckless, Saving Mississippi, Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath, Igraine the Brave, and The Princess Knight. Inkheart was adapted into a film. Cornelia Funke was voted into the Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of 2005. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Inkheart… (more)
Inkheart 17,308 copies, 508 reviews
Inkspell 10,550 copies, 168 reviews
The Thief Lord 8,773 copies, 186 reviews
Inkdeath 6,508 copies, 128 reviews
Dragon Rider 6,219 copies, 102 reviews
Reckless (Illustrator) 1,787 copies, 69 reviews
Igraine The Brave 1,620 copies, 31 reviews
Pan's Labyrinth [2006 film] (Autore) 645 copies, 30 reviews
Inkheart / Inkspell / Inkdeath 611 copies, 7 reviews
When Santa Fell To Earth 592 copies, 10 reviews
The Princess Knight 507 copies, 22 reviews
Fearless (Mirrorworld) 500 copies, 17 reviews
Ghost Knight 396 copies, 22 reviews
Pirate Girl 283 copies, 13 reviews
Princess Pigsty 271 copies, 8 reviews
The Golden Yarn 226 copies, 6 reviews
The Summer Gang 167 copies, 2 reviews
Emma and the Blue Genie 112 copies, 6 reviews
The New Girl 107 copies
The Pirate Pig 98 copies, 5 reviews
The Wildest Brother 90 copies, 4 reviews
Potilla 89 copies
Saving Mississippi 71 copies, 1 review
The Moonshine Dragon 55 copies, 1 review
Ruffleclaw 51 copies, 2 reviews
The Book No One Ever Read 48 copies, 2 reviews
Kein Keks für Kobolde 42 copies, 3 reviews
Young Werewolf 37 copies, 1 review
Through the Water Curtain 33 copies, 2 reviews
The Glass of Lead & Gold 28 copies, 1 review
Monster Busters 14 copies, 1 review
Das verzauberte Klassenzimmer 11 copies, 1 review
Spiegelwelt 5 copies
Mein Reckless Märchenbuch 5 copies, 1 review
2007 1 copy
2005 1 copy
2019 1 copy
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Introduction, some editions; Foreword, some editions) 20,924 copies, 409 reviews
Inkheart [2008 film] (Original book) 261 copies, 3 reviews
In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (Contributor) 219 copies, 13 reviews
What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur (Contributor) 69 copies

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Cornelia Funke was born in 1958 in the town of Dorsten in Westphalia, Germany. to Karl-Heinz and Helmi Funke. She studied pedagogy at the University of Hamburg, and then worked for three years as a social worker. She started illustrating books, but soon began writing her own stories, . During the late 1980s and the 1990s, Funke established herself in Germany with two children's series, namely the fantasy-oriented Gespensterjäger (Ghosthunters) and the Wilde Hühner (Wild Chicks) line of books.
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