This clever, original concept for a book takes a look at the difficult issues of the loss of a parent to illness and the neglect that may follow. It has shadows of 'When a Monster Calls' but is not as dark and scary. Ethan lives with his grieving father and his sister who has Down Syndrome. He is being forced to assume more and more responsibilities for taking care of her and of himself as his father draws away from them. Interestingly, his father is a graphic artist author who has developed writer's block, a condition that has left the ink in his sketch pad to coalesce and separate from the paper so that it comes to life as an inkblot that feeds on text and drawings. Ethan befriends 'Inkling' and it helps him draw his graphic novel, a school group assignment. The plot develops into a dangerous, suspenseful situation. It is a great read for kids, even reluctant readers, who will find a genuine, well developed, relatable character in Ethan.

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