Page 7. " a sound like the pages of a big book being turned over "

"The Children of Green Knowe" is the first in a series of six books about a house in Hemingford Abbots, Cambridgeshire, called Green Knowe, and the spirits who live there. Most of the books concern a boy named Toseland (Tolly for short) and the spirits of his ancestors, who also appear as children. Through the ghosts of the house, Tolly learns about his own heritage and the history of Green Knowe itself.

The Children of Green Knowe was adapted for television in 1986- here's a clip from the show. At the time of writing, the entire series was available on YouTube, but it's probably best not to get distracted this early on!



Page 9. " so what were you reading before you went to sleep? "

Inkheart is full of references to the many books that Meggie and Mo have lying around their house, most of which are classics which have been read over generations.

If you're not lucky enough to live in a house as full of books as Meggie and Mo, there are a few methods you can use to get access to some of these stories without forking out any money: you could join your local library, borrow books off your friends or even start a book swap in your school (or workplace, for the older young adults among you). But did you know that you can also find some older books online? Anything published in the UK becomes "public domain" 70 years after the author dies, meaning that anyone can publish it on the internet without breaking the law.

One of the best websites for downloading classics is Project Gutenberg, the oldest and most reputable online library. However, if you're under 16, MAKE SURE you ask your parents before downloading anything from this site or any other.

If you've got permission, you can start finding some of Meggie and Mo's favourite books here.

Page 11. " She had thought the chewing and digesting were meant literally "

Francis Bacon
Public DomainFrancis Bacon
Mo's workshop quote is from Sir Francis Bacon, a 16th century English courtier. Here's the full version:


"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention."

It would have saved Meggie's younger self a lot of confusion if Mo had just printed the whole thing, but that might have been a bit long...



Page 23. " a bookmark of blackbird's feathers "

We're now almost at the end of Chapter 2. If you fancy a break doing something creative after this chapter is done, how about making your own bookmark? Sure, you're probably far too old to be doing this sort of thing, but who says you can't take some time off being old occasionally to do something unashamedly childish? Plus, if you're one of those people who folds the corners of pages to keep your place, your books will definitely thank you if you make and use a bookmark instead.

A very simple tutorial on making your own bookmark out of an old picture can be found here

Or, if you've got feathers and ice lollies to hand, here's a great idea for making a bird (you don't actually have to give it to your Dad at the end).

Of course, if you've got no materials at all, there's always this simple but amusing online bookmark creator from National Geographic.