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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. So much more than they can say. 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.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., ©2018.
Edition: First Canadian edition.
ISBN: 9781443450287
Characteristics: 256 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Smith, Sydney 1980-- Illustrator


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Jul 04, 2020

My fifth-grader seemed to really enjoy this book and it kept him engaged.

JCLChrisK Sep 05, 2019

An original story with lots of appeal, plus humor, drama, and poignancy. I want an Inkling.

DCLkids Feb 13, 2019

A Great Books for Great Kids pick. Ethan, sixth-grader and son of a famous illustrator, has a problem. His classmates are counting on him to do the drawings for their graphic novel project. Ethan has led them to believe he is an artist like his dad, but the truth is he can't draw more than a stick figure. When a blotch of ink from one of his dad's sketches comes to life, it seems to be the answer he needs. But "Inkling" will end up getting Ethan into even deeper trouble. How will he find his way out? Grades 4-6.

Nov 28, 2018

Inkling is awesome! Kids who love graphic novels and comics will enjoy this novel.

Nov 27, 2018

This clever, original concept for a book takes a look at the difficult issues of the loss of a parent to illness and the neglect that may follow. It has shadows of 'When a Monster Calls' but is not as dark and scary. Ethan lives with his grieving father and his sister who has Down Syndrome. He is being forced to assume more and more responsibilities for taking care of her and of himself as his father draws away from them. Interestingly, his father is a graphic artist author who has developed writer's block, a condition that has left the ink in his sketch pad to coalesce and separate from the paper so that it comes to life as an inkblot that feeds on text and drawings. Ethan befriends 'Inkling' and it helps him draw his graphic novel, a school group assignment. The plot develops into a dangerous, suspenseful situation. It is a great read for kids, even reluctant readers, who will find a genuine, well developed, relatable character in Ethan.

ontherideau Oct 19, 2018

Inkling has so many facets; family, friends, enemies, cheating, co-operating. Would be an excellent class read aloud.

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Nov 28, 2018

celestetrottier thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over


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Nov 24, 2018

"Ethan thought for a moment. Everything needed a name. What did you call a thing made of ink? An ink thing? Inkthing. Inkling!

"Inkling!" he said. "Do you like that name?"

The ink was still for a moment, as if considering. A tiny tip reached out and wrote: YES


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