I recently finished reading the book Inkheart written by Cornelia Funk. The hard back copy is 534 pages long and has small illustrations at the chapter ends.
The story is about a young 12 year old girl who finds herself in the middle of an adventure that she is usually reading about in the books that she loves. She finds out that her father has the ability to read things out of books. Things such as treasure, humans, animals. Just about anything. He read some nasty characters out of the book that are keen on hurting or using Meggie and her father to do evil in the world. Meggie and her father are kidnapped by these characters and are held captive. The main bad guy (Capricorn) wants Meggie to read an old friend of his out the book. The old Friend is called The Shadow and is not a very nice character. You will have to read the book to find out the rest of the story. I'm not going to ruin it for anyone.
This is a nice little tell that would be perfect for children from the fourth grade up to the seventh grade. It is an interesting story but I think adults may find it a bit dull or boring. For children though this would be a great read. This is also the first book in a series of three.