There are several ' Book' books written for younger readers (but note: just because they were written for younger readers doesn't mean adults can't enjoy them as well). In The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens, a magical book is at the centre of the adventure. Even Harry Potter gets in on the action in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, when Ginny is possessed by a book, and in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, one of Harry's schoolbooks leads him astray. Matthew Skelton's Endymion Spring is set in Oxford, where an enchanted book bites the main character and starts a whole string of mysterious happenings. In Marcus Zusak's brilliant novel, The Book Thief, books play a huge role in the life of one Liesl Meminger, who is fostered in the German countryside during WWII. Cornelia Funke has written a (pardon the pun) spellbinding trilogy that features a bookbinder with a magical ability. The trilogy starts with Inkheart, which also happens to be the title of a long-sought book.
I'm sure there are many more that I have yet to read, such as The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell, The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte and The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Those are on my to-read list. Do you have some favourite books about books? Share the titles here!
--Angela J. Reynolds, Head of Youth Services