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The book no one ever read

written and illustrated by Cornelia Funke, The Book No One Ever Read is the first book Funke's written originally in English.



Reckless: the petrified flesh

Ever since Jacob Reckless was a child, he's been escaping to a hidden world through a portal in his father's abandoned study. Over the years, he even made a name for himself as a finder of enchanted items and buried secrets. He's also made many enemies and allies — most important, Fox, a beautiful shape-shifting vixen whom Jacob cares for more than he lets on.

But life in this other world is about to change. Jacob's brother is infected with a curse that will quickly transform him into a Goyl — a ruthless killing machine, with skin made of stone — and Jacob will need all the wit, courage, and reckless spirit he can summon to reverse the dark spell...before it's too late.



Reckless: Living shadows

Jacob Reckless returns once again to the Mirrorworld — filled with profound characters, extraordinary creatures, and epic life-or-death treasure hunts — with only a few months to live. He's tried everything to shake a Fairy's curse — the All-Healing Apple, the Well of Eternal Youth, the blood of a northern Djinn. After months of fruitless searching, Jacob journeys through his father's mirror one final time to deliver the bad news to Fox.

But there they hear of one last possibility — an item so legendary not even MirrorWorlders believe it exists: a crossbow that can kill thousands, or heal one, when shot through the heart. But a Goyl is also searching for the prized crossbow. Jacob must find it first — and convince Fox to do whatever it takes to save him.



Reckless: the golden yarn

Jacob Reckless continues to travel through the portal in his father's abandoned study. His name is famous on the other side of the mirror as a finder of enchanted items and buried secrets. His family and friends, from his brother, Will to the shape-shifting vixen, Fox, are on a collision course as the two worlds become connected. Who is driving these two worlds together and why is he always a step ahead?

This new force isn’t limiting its influence to just Jacob’s efforts, but is flexing its power inside the MirrorWorld. Jacob and Fox travel east into the Russian folklore, to the land of the Baba Yaga, pursued by a new type of being that knows our world all too well.