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By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Live ink blob helps family cope with loss in touching tale.

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A cute ink blob explores the mystery of the creative process and brings a mourning family together in this compelling novel. Acclaimed Canadian children's author Kenneth Oppel has done a similar melding of fantasy and family loss elements before in The Nest, but this one doesn't have the same creepy edge. This ink blob is a far more lovable creature than The Nest's strange angel-wasps. And one that brings a Mary Poppins sense of magic into the family's lives.

Sarah, the sister with Down syndrome, benefits the most from Inkling's sense of whimsy. Ethan and his father benefit from his skill and his drive to find a family secret that can heal them. When Inkling goes missing, the loss feels more profound; this family doesn't need another setback. But like Mary Poppins, Inkling's goal is to bring them together before he disappears, and to make them self-reliant and whole again. Inkling is a poignant and succinct read with some clever touches. The ending feels a little predictable, but satisfies on an emotional level.

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