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Cornelia Funke, Morry and the Book No One Ever Read

The wonderful Cornelia Funke (pronounced FOON-kah) was born in 1958 in Dorsten, Germany. Growing up, Cornelia didn't plan on being an author, let alone a world-famous one. When she was 18 she left home to study at the University of Hamburg, and earned a degree in education theory. Still undecided on what she wanted to do with her life, she took a course in book illustration at the Hamburg State College of Design.

She started designing board games and illustrating books for other authors. She did this for several years but it just wasn't enough for her. She was bored illustrating other people's stories, especially ones that just didn't interest her. She wanted to draw pictures for books that were more exciting, books about sorcerers and adventure. Finally, at 28, she wrote her own novel. Cornelia was so confident that when she finished she sent it right out to four publishers. She was confident for good reason as all four wanted …

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