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The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
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The Thief Lord (2000)

by Cornelia Funke

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    Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (Bitter_Grace)
    Bitter_Grace: These books are completely different in tone, but have the identical concept of a merry-go-round with certain magical properties.
  2. 31
    The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (benfulton)
    benfulton: The redemption of unhappy childhoods.
  3. 10
    The Undrowned Child by Michelle Lovric (Rubbah)
    Rubbah: magic in venice
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    The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby (Bitter_Grace)
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    The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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    Pool Boy (Readers Circle) by Michael Simmons (benfulton)
    benfulton: Thief Lord is the better book, but Pool Boy is a similar story set in a world without magic.
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    The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens (68papyrus)
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I fell in love with it again! It's so good! I love Bo and the Thief lord. I think the best part was when Barbarossa took the name the thief lord. ( )
  Brinlie.Jill.Searle | Nov 22, 2016 |
The kids in this preteen novel actually act like kids ... unfortunately, so do the adults. This, along with the simple prose, should make it an easy read for kids. ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
I loved this book! It's a fun journey from start to finish with interesting characters and unexpected surprises sure to thrill! ( )
  Shadow494 | Jun 20, 2016 |
I'd really prefer the story without magic, but, nevertheless, I liked it as it is. I liked the characters, humour and even absurdity of some of the plot twists. ( )
  Rezeda | May 27, 2016 |
READ IN DUTCH

I think this novel might be aimed at children a bit younger still than the Inkworld-trilogy. But, if you can put aside the fact that it is completely unbelievable, it's a very enjoyable read.



It's about a bunch of kids in Venice, who have their own underground society. Their leader is a masked master thief.



It's a very original story, and the writing is nice as well. It reads quickly but the story perhaps is a bit childish (and that's something you either like or not). ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
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Funke, Corneliaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Latsch, OliverTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meier, LotharIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 043942089X, Paperback)

Imagine a Dickens story with a Venetian setting, and you'll have a good sense of Cornelia Funke's prizewinning novel The Thief Lord, first published in Germany in 2000. This suspenseful tale begins in a detective's office in Venice, as the entirely unpleasant Hartliebs request Victor Getz's services to search for two boys, Prosper and Bo, the sons of Esther Hartlieb's recently deceased sister. Twelve-year-old Prosper and 5-year-old Bo ran away when their aunt decided she wanted to adopt Bo, but not his brother. Refusing to split up, they escaped to Venice, a city their mother had always described reverently, in great detail. Right away they hook up with a long-haired runaway named Hornet and various other ruffians who hole up in an abandoned movie theater and worship the elusive Thief Lord, a young boy named Scipio who steals jewels from fancy Venetian homes so his new friends can get the warm clothes they need. Of course, the plot thickens when the owner of the pawn shop asks if the Thief Lord will carry out a special mission for a wealthy client: to steal a broken wooden wing that is the key to completing an age-old, magical merry-go-round. This winning cast of characters--especially the softhearted detective with his two pet turtles--will win the hearts of readers young and old, and the adventures are as labyrinthine and magical as the streets of Venice itself. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

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Two brothers, having run away from the aunt who plans to adopt the younger one, are sought by a detective hired by their aunt, but they have found shelter with--and protection from--Venice's "Thief Lord." Welcome to the magical world of Venice, Italy, where hidden canals and crumbling rooftops shelter runaways and children with incredible secrets.… (more)

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