Cornelia Funke Books In Order

Publication Order of Inkheart Books

Inkheart (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inkspell (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inkdeath (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ghosthunters Books

Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lighting Ghost (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghosthunters and the Totally Moldy Baroness (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghosthunters and the Muddy Monster of Doom (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Mirrorworld Books

Reckless (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fearless (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of C.H.I.X. Books

The Summer Gang (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Thief Lord (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dragon Rider (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When Santa Fell to Earth (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Igraine the Brave (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Saving Mississippi (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghost Knight (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The New Girl (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Young Werewolf (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

A Princess, a Pirate and One Wild Brother (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Picture Books

The Princess Knight (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pirate Girl (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wildest Brother (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Princess Pigsty (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Authors have to be masters of their art and as such ought to create well-observed characters and the details surrounding them. Authors are very inspiring for various reasons. Authors are the role models of the society and as such they are imperative. In them, we find something to aspire for and someone to look. They motivate us to do great work. To become a renowned book author like Cornelia Maria Funke takes a great motivation and must have had various mentors and role models alike. During their childhood, there could be those books they liked and could stay up too late in the night reading them. It is the work of authors that inspires other writers to develop self-belief and confidence in their career. Authors not only encourage our living but also shape the image of the society. This category is the one to which Cornelia Funke falls.

Cornelia Funke was born on December 10, 1958, in Dorsten, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. In school, she was good and liked writing essays although they were too long. In her early life, she had many visions of being a pilot, an astronaut and living with the Red Indians. After she had completed school, she studied education as she wanted to be a social worker. She had a wealth of knowledge on children but realized she could not live without her gifts of drawing and writing. During her years in social work, her primary focus was on working with children who came from deprived backgrounds. Having worked with such children, she was able to discover the types of books that could catch their imaginations

At her young age, she was a lover of fantasy and at the age of 28, she decided to write her books. In the 1890s and early 1990s, Cornelia Funke became a well-known author of children books in her native. Only very few authors who can write compelling children books like Cornelia Funke has. In the early 1990s, Cornelia Funke established herself in her native Germany with two series of children books. The first of such was Gespensterjäger (German translation for Ghosthunters) whose orientation was on fantasy. The second one was the Wilde Hühner (German translation for Wild chicks). Her books were those that could be appealing to bookish children and inspired those who had not yet had a positive attitude to reading.This category is the one to which Cornelia Funke falls.

Cornelia Funke Books

Despite her unmistakable success in the whole of Germany, it was only in the year 2002 when her works started to translate to English. The, first of all, her books to translate into English was Herr der Diebe in the year 2002. The book was released as The Thief Lord by Scholastic making it to the Bestsellers list in the New York Times at the number 2 staying there for 25 weeks. Another piece of her work was the fantasy book Dragon Rider that remained on the Bestsellers List in the New York Times for 78 weeks in the year 2004.

Cornelia Funke followed the success of her two books the Dragon Rider and The Thief Lord with yet another success. In the year 2003, Cornelia Funke wrote another award winning novel, the Inkheart. This book was a fantasy story centered on a 12-year old book lover whose father had an extraordinary gift of bringing the world of books to her life. The book won the award for the BookSense Book of the Year Children’s Literature in the year 2004. The novel was the leading trilogy in the same series that would later be followed by Inkspell in the year2005. The latter won her the second BookSense Book of the Year Children’s Literature award in the year 2006. The last of the trilogy was the Inkdeath. The first German version publication for this book was in the year 2007. An English version publication of the same was in the year 2008, and so was the American version edition. From her name Cornelia Funke, her fans have a general recognition as Funkies.

The novel Inkheart was so thrilling that Cornelia Funke decided to publish a film adaptation of the same on which she worked as a producer. Another series of her books was the MirrorWorld Series (Reckless) with the sequel that earned publication in the United Sates in April 2013.

Personal Life

Cornelia Funke had an eye to having a family and as such, in 1981, she married Rolf Frahm. The two had to wait until eight years later to be blessed with their first child. In the year 1989, they were blessed with a daughter, Anna and a son, Ben, would be coming five years later in the year 1994. For 24 years, the family lived in Hamburg, and in the year 2005, they moved to Beverly Hills. They lived there for a year but unfortunately in March 2006, her husband Rolf Frahm succumbed to death from cancer.

On writing

Funke emphasizes that the first crucial starting point of an excellent book is an idea, which comes from nowhere and everywhere. In most of her books, she finds children being in very stressful situations as seen in The Thief Lord. For aspiring authors, Funke challenges them to read more than they do now and be curious. In her literature, she deals with themes in an inspiring way. Funke is always willing and ready to celebrate the strengths of the children from their ability to try to act like adults.


Cornelia Funke has many awards with her. In the year 2005, she was voted to the Time magazine’s list of the top 100 most influential people in the same year. A year later, she followed this award with her another one in the Chapter Book category. This award was the Sakura Medal by the International Students of Japan as a result of her successful book, the Dragon Rider. Other awards include the Roswitha prize in the years 2008 and the Kalbacher Klapperschlange for Tintenherz in the year 2004.

Cornelia Funke well represents the fact that good authors make their books alive for their readers. Her works mainly revolve around fantasy and adventure genre, and all her books are famous worldwide.

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