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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)
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Inkheart 15,961 copies, 491 reviews
Inkspell 9,266 copies, 162 reviews
The Thief Lord 8,081 copies, 175 reviews
Inkdeath 5,776 copies, 122 reviews
Dragon Rider 5,513 copies, 99 reviews
Reckless 1,597 copies, 67 reviews
Igraine The Brave 1,409 copies, 28 reviews
When Santa Fell To Earth 502 copies, 10 reviews
Inkheart / Inkspell / Inkdeath 466 copies, 6 reviews
The Princess Knight 462 copies, 22 reviews
Fearless 427 copies, 16 reviews
Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun (Author) 393 copies, 21 reviews
Ghost Knight 360 copies, 21 reviews
Pirate Girl 253 copies, 12 reviews
Princess Pigsty 236 copies, 8 reviews
The Golden Yarn 185 copies, 5 reviews
The Summer Gang 149 copies, 2 reviews
Emma and the Blue Genie 97 copies, 6 reviews
The New Girl 93 copies
The Wildest Brother 86 copies, 4 reviews
Potilla 86 copies
The Pirate Pig 70 copies, 4 reviews
Saving Mississippi 65 copies, 1 review
The Moonshine Dragon 47 copies, 1 review
Ruffleclaw 43 copies, 2 reviews
The Book No One Ever Read 42 copies, 2 reviews
Kein Keks für Kobolde 37 copies, 2 reviews
Young Werewolf 34 copies, 1 review
The Glass of Lead & Gold 22 copies, 1 review
Monster Busters 13 copies, 1 review
Das verzauberte Klassenzimmer 11 copies, 1 review
Spiegelwelt 5 copies
Mein Reckless Märchenbuch 4 copies, 1 review
Il labirinto del fauno (Autore) 2 copies, 1 review
2019 1 copy
2005 1 copy
2007 1 copy
The Wizard of Oz (Introduction, some editions; Foreword, some editions) 18,694 copies, 415 reviews
Inkheart [2008 film] (Original book) 214 copies, 3 reviews
In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (Contributor) 190 copies, 12 reviews
What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur (Contributor) 68 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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