★ An Amazon Best Children's Book of the Year selection

"Astounding"—New York Times Book Review

A brilliantly funny story about how a little ink splot changes a family forever. Perfect for those who love Hoot, Holes, or Frindle and sure to be a hit with kids everywhere!

The Rylance family is stuck. Dad's got writer's block. Ethan promised to illustrate a group project at school--even though he can't draw. Sarah's still pining for a puppy. And they all miss Mom.

Enter Inkling. Inkling begins life in Mr. Rylance's sketchbook. But one night the ink of his drawings runs together--and then leaps off the page! This small burst of creativity is about to change everything.

Ethan finds him first. Inkling has absorbed a couple chapters of his math book--not good--and the story he's supposed to be illustrating for school--also not good. But Inkling's also started drawing the pictures to go with the story--which is amazing! It's just the help Ethan was looking for! Inkling helps the rest of the family too--for Sarah he's a puppy. And for Dad he's a spark of ideas for a new graphic novel. It's exactly what they all want.

It's not until Inkling goes missing that this family has to face the larger questions of what they--and Inkling--truly need.

Kenneth Oppel has given us a small masterpiece of middle-grade fiction. Inkling is funny and fizzy and exciting, and brimming with the kind of interesting ideas and dilemmas that kids will love to wrestle with. And Sydney Smith is creating wonderfully inky illustrations to bring the story to vivid life. Get ready. A little ink blot is about to become your new favorite character!

• A New York Times Notable Book
• A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year -- top ten selection

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on November 6, 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 152477281X
ISBN-13: 9781524772819
7 Book Reviews
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  • masterthomasbes
    masterthomasbesThursday, June 4, 2020 at 6:27 am55 stars
    This book starts with a very special scene. Time was night on a cool summers night , the cat was creeping and their was no other sound. Other than a drip on ink “drip “drip “drop But that ink was very special to the story line, I would suggest inkling to kids who like adventure and hero’s the story is magical literary.
    • owen23
      owen23Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 6:26 am55 stars
      The author came to visit my school and I had a great time and the book was also amazing.
      • janak1019
        janak1019Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 6:18 am55 stars
        this book is a really good suspense book it is about an ink splotch that can draw as no one has before but who owns it that is for you to find out
        • johnthesquid818
          johnthesquid818Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 7:58 am55 stars
          This book was really good it was a really good book about an ink blob that went around a city. the author of this book also came to my school and got a signed copy and that was fun I recommend it to anyone
          • janak1019
            janak1019Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 7:53 am55 stars
            i think this is a realy good book I got this signed
            • pigeonpower
              pigeonpowerTuesday, October 29, 2019 at 10:37 am55 stars
              I truly enjoy this book
              • WintergirlFriday, August 23, 2019 at 2:49 am
                This is best story ever believe me and read it guys wow