Books & Stories
I love telling stories. I can travel to different countries and other worlds. I can meet creatures I would not have met in real life. I can experience things I have been dreaming of for a long time, like riding a dragon...
Ever since Cornelia wrote Dragon Rider, she has been a mad collector of dragons – stuffed dragons, paper dragons, china dragons, small ones, big ones, green ones, red ones – but there is still not a single one in her collection that can fly like Firedrake.Read more
"Everyone who knew my first dog, Rico, will know that Firedrake looks a little like him. But Rico also couldn't fly. I wrote Dragon Rider because flying on a dragon was the one thing in life I really wanted to do and I knew that writing about it was the closest I would probably come to the actually experiencing it. So I simply imagined it – something I have always been rather good at."
Besides, the book goes back to some ideas Cornelia used for her very first book "Die grosse Drachensuche". Someone wanted to make a series out of it and asked her to make the story a little longer. Well, you can't just make a story longer and so she decided to write it anew and in a slightly different way. While she wrote that new story she didn't feel like turning it into a TV series anymore and so now there's just the book.
"After Dragon Rider I kept coming up with ideas for thicker and thicker books. And I learnt that longer stories quickly gain a life of their own."
And there was one more reason to write Dragon Rider. Cornelia wanted to draw dragons and all the strange creatures that live with them. She can still smell all those mushrooms brought by children who knew how much Sorrel likes to eat them. And then there is Twigleg, the manikin. Of all the creatures Cornelia invented he is still one of her favourites. And she had so much fun drawing the sea serpent.
Since Dragon Rider had been published, Cornelia has received countless letters and emails from readers, who wished for a sequel. Thus, Cornelia swung herself up on Firedrake's back again to find out, how Ben and the Greenblooms and all the others have been since their last adventure. So she entered the fabulous world of Mimameidr and all its fantastic inhabitants.
Have a safe flight and exciting journeys with Firedrake and his dragon riders!Close
When the humans are approaching, the last dragons have to flee. Young silver dragon Firedrake and his 'dragon riders' Ben and Sorrel take wing into a great adventure: the quest to find the Rim of Heaven.
After three books and more than seven years in the Inkworld, Cornelia was sure that she would not find another world for many years to come. She said to herself that probably she would never find another one as so many writers explore just one world.Read more
But.... one day Jacob Reckless stepped into Cornelia's writing house and he brought a world that was very different from the one she had left behind just a few months ago. It was far more modern and closer to our world. In fact it felt like its younger sibling. At the same time it brought back all the tales that she had grown up with.
"Over the past years I got completely lost behind the Mirror and for the first time in my writing life I can imagine to explore an imagined world for many many years to come. In fact I cannot imagine to ever fully leave it again. There are so many themes to explore behind the Mirror - time, magic, technology, things lost and found. There are so many countries and their fairy tales whose Mirrorlands Jacob and Fox can travel through."
And then there are the characters Cornelia met in this new world... Jacob, who sometimes feels like her male alter ego and Fox, who of all her characters is probably closest to her heart and self. There are Will and Clara and the Dark Fairy and Chanute and Alma ... and of course the Goyl. Cornelia still needs to find giants behind the Mirror and dragons.....
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Young Jacob Reckless discovers a mysterious mirror in his father’s abandoned study and beyond that mirror a fairy tale world. In a moment of inattention, Jacob’s little brother follows him and a fairy’s curse sows stone and death.
The moth on Jacob’s breast is getting darker. This is going to be his very own treasure hunt. A magical crossbow is supposed to save his life, but Jacob is not the only one searching for it. Nerron, the Bastard, becomes his shadow and a tenacious foe.
Emma and the Blue Genie
A genie without a magic nose ring is as small as a desert hedgehog and can’t grant even the tiniest bugsized wish. Emma frees Karim from his bottle prison and wants to help him. The flying carpet brings them to Barakash to find Sahim, the Master of Evil and the ring’s thief. Yallah!
Gawain Greytail and the Terrible Tab
The castle mice of Raven Castle are desperate. Sir Tristan’s terrible cat is the best mouser in the land. Nowhere is safe. But one night, a little creature scurries in the castle gates.
As if it wasn’t enough that Jon is sent to boarding school. The ghostly horsemen, who one night appear under his dormitory window, are messengers of a dark, sad story and have it in for him. But why? There is someone resting in Salisbury Cathedral, who may know the answer and stand by Jon.
This is a series Cornelia published in Germany for boys who don't like to read (of course that doesn't exclude girls, who don't like it either). Scarcely anybody believes in ghosts anymore, but never mind. Let's go hunting, together with Hetty, Hugo and Tom. Would you Iike to join? But only with Ghosthunting basic equipment and diploma. Come on in and become member of Hyssop and Co.Read more
"I had much fun writing the four adventures, especially inventing the ghosts and all the tools Hetty and Tom use for hunting them. And I found out that my Inkheart-readers who normally feed only on thick books like them as well."
So, put on some red clothes and chase your first ghost. It can get slimy and sometimes rather silly, but maybe you'll enjoy it as much as Cornelia does. And if you know about any ghosts she didn't write about yet, let us know!Close
Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost
A shaky ASG in Tom’s cellar brings about one of the most successful ghosthunting teams in the world. Their first mission: the hunt for a big, bad IRG…
Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost
Hyssop & Co has become a well-oiled team by now. A new call for help comes in from a seaside hotel. The ghosthunters are on high alert. Don’t mess with GILIGs…
Ghosthunters and the Bloodthirsty Baroness
Hyssop & Co’s newest opponent is by no means a harmless castle ghost. This time they have a mightily malicious adversary. Body snatcher alarm!
Igraine the Brave
The magicians’ daughter Igraine dreams of living a knight’s life. A wrong spell turns everything inside out and suddenly she is right in the middle of a real knight’s adventure.
When Cornelia wrote Inkheart she never planned to write more than one book about Meggie, Mo and Dustfinger. She did not even plan to visit the world Dustfinger came from. But when she had finished Inkheart she realized that she wanted to know whether he would ever get back.Read more
"I wanted Meggie to see that world, Mo, Elinor..... I wanted to see it myself! No, Cornelia, I said to myself. No, no, no. There are more than enough series and trilogies in the world of books. Don’t add another! But the story would not stop whispering. So I finally gave myself two weeks to find out whether it was really waiting, whether there was a story to be told . It poured onto the paper so fast that I almost couldn’t follow."
There has never been a book before, that was easier to write than Inkspell, and when Cornelia realized how sad an ending it would have, she knew she had to write a third book. She was not sure whether the story would close with it until she wrote the very last chapters. She still remembers how she first stepped into Inkworld with Dustfinger. "Of all the chapters I ever wrote this is one of my absolute favourites... not for what it turned out to be, but for the pure pleasure it brought to write it. A world formed in front of my eyes, formed from words, as Fenoglio had done it. I felt it, saw, smelled and heard it. It became more real with every step Dustfinger took and I loved it as much as he did. When I brought Meggie over I had to enter it in a very different way. With her I could show how frightening a new world can be, the disturbing feeling of leaving everything that’s familiar behind."
Inkworld is a medieval world. Cornelia always loved that time of history despite its cruelty and hardship. Life was harder, but people knew more about life and death, about the rhythm of nature, they were more connected to the planet they lived on, for good and bad, and in many ways the structures and rules were much simpler than in our time and age - which makes a wonderful canvas for a storyteller. Of course Inkworld is not a truly medieval world. After all it was created by a writer, but as every imagined place all the inspiration comes from this world.Close
After the nightly visit of the mysterious Dustfinger, bookbinder Mo and his daughter Meggie leave their home in a hurry, carrying with them a precious but dangerous book.
This time the journey takes Mo and Meggie into Dustfinger’s world. Medievally dark and dangerous, but at the same time fascinatingly strange and bewitching.
Monsters in the fun fair ghost train, monsters in the school bus, monsters in the classroom… monsters everywhere. Plenty of work for Rosa and Ivan, because they are "THE MONSTER BUSTERS"
If Captain Firebird, the most feared pirate of the seas, only had known who he kidnapped from her boat. He would have been better advised to hijack an ordinary merchant ship.
Boring, boring, boring! Isabella hates being a princess and throws her crown into the fishpond. That’s the last straw for the king…
Human homes smell wonderfully of soap. Besides, their food tastes so much better than woodlice. Ruffle claw is fed up with his smelly monster life. So one night he crawls into Tommy’s warm, pillowy bed.
Grandma Dolly has a big holiday surprise for her granddaughter Emma: a horse with the adventuresome name Mississippi. Yet the sleazy and money grubbing Alligator is threatening the summer happiness.
Sea Urchins and Sand Pigs
Sand pigs, mermaids, and a mysterious drift bottle: Summer days on the beach are exciting and much more than building sandcastles or roasting in the sun.
The Monster from the Blue Planet
Zaleb is longing for a pet. One of those two-eyed Earth monsters. So she sets off to the blue planet. But the Earth monster does not want to be a pet at all.
The Moonshine Dragon
Hadn’t Patrick closed his book before he went to bed? Maybe. But now it is laying open - and Patrick is no longer alone in his room…
'How did you come up with the idea for the C.H.I.X. book series?' Cornelia does not know how often she has answered this question. The C.H.I.X. were born on that day when her book editor asked her to write, for a change, a story without fairies, ghosts, pirates or the like. "Goodness gracious", Cornelia said, "that must be a bore…." But then she sat down and made up the C.H.I.X.Read more
"I was then quite familiar with "real chickens", for my husband and I had chickens ourselves. Besides, I was reminded of stories about spiky, strict grandmothers, that people had told me before, and at my husband's school there was a boys' gang whose first target was he.
By now there are hundreds of gangs in Germany, which call themselves C.H.I.X., girls that dye their hair red to look like Charlie, fathers who have to build chicken houses in their gardens, and by now even three film adaptations. Cornelia really hopes that her English speaking readers will take them to their hearts just as much as her German readers did.
So, off to feathery, carefree summer adventures!Close
The Summer Gang
C.H.I.X. Book 1
A real gang. Like that of those stupid boys - the Piranhas. As of now, Charlie, Hannah, Izzy and Xa are the C.H.I.X. Hideout and gang badge included. When the Piranhas get wind of it, "rivalry" can begin.
The Pirate Pig
Julie is an exceptional pig. She can sniff out treasure. With Stout Sam and his deckhand Pip, Julie finds a wonderful new home, but gold-grubbing pirates kidnap her. However, Stout Sam and Pit already have a lead.
The Princess Knight
It’s not easy for a king’s daughter to keep up with her three strong brothers. But Violetta has a mind of her own and wants to decide for herself whom she will marry. A nameless knight stands by her side.
The Thief Lord
Venice is the perfect hideout for a gang of homeless children. However, Victor is already on their trail and the Conte’s order endangers them all.
The Wildest Brother
Wolves, bears, man-eating monsters - no serious adversaries for lionhearted Ben. But then in the evening, when it gets darker, having a big sister is not so bad after all.
When Santa fell to Earth
When Santas and their helpers fall from the sky, it bodes ill. But what if they landed on your doorstep?