Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke

Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke

Someone in my house felt that I have been reading too much teen fiction so they suggested I try reading less macabre than vampires and witches. Thus, this book. Here’s some basic information about from Amazon:

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: The Chicken House (September 24, 2007)
Language: English

This book is about a 12 year old girl who lives in an old castle with her family of magicians. Her family has owned the magical singing books which have been the source of her family’s magical prowess for generations. However, she, Igraine, took more after her grandfather Peleas and aspires to become a knight rather than a magician. Being the youngest, her family indulges her fantasy of being a knight until one day, after an accident in the magic lab turns her parents into swine, her services as a knight becomes a necessity. Especially with an invasion of the castle by a wicked magician who wants to take posession of the singing books becomes inevitable. Igraine draws on her wit and courage to save her parents, the singing books and her home.

This is a very easy read but at the same time quite engaging. The illustrations are very whimsical and draws your interest in the story even more. My 10 year old daughter enjoyed it immensely and so did I. If you have a young teen who likes adventure, and a good laugh, this may be a good book for them.

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