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

by Cornelia Funke (Author)

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(4.9)
  mshampson | Oct 15, 2014 |
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 | Sep 25, 2014 |
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 | Sep 25, 2014 |
Perhaps I was too old to read this book for the first time, and would have enjoyed it more if I had read it when I was in the target audience, but I found it rather uninteresting. ( )
  Stormydawnc | Jun 23, 2014 |
Venice. What a perfectly wonderful location for a story about two runaway boys who have fallen in with a group of street urchins and are trying to make their way and elude the detective who is searching for them on behalf of their somewhat villainous aunt. Even so, this book is not up the the standard set in the Inkworld series. Without giving anything away, Ms. Funke owes Ray Bradbury a bit of thanks for her rather bold borrowing of one of his key concepts. ( )
  turtlesleap | Feb 25, 2014 |
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Funke, CorneliaAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Latsch, OliverTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Rolf -- and to Bob Hoskins, who looks exactly like Victor
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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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