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The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

The Thief Lord (original 2000; edition 2010)

by Cornelia Funke, Christian Birmingham (Illustrator)

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Title:The Thief Lord
Authors:Cornelia Funke
Other authors:Christian Birmingham (Illustrator)
Info:The Chicken House (2010), Paperback, 376 pages
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The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke (Author) (2000)

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    Bitter_Grace: These books are completely different in tone, but have the identical concept of a merry-go-round with certain magical properties.
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    The Undrowned Child by Michelle Lovric (Rubbah)
    Rubbah: magic in venice
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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 |
I loved Cornelia Funke's Inkheart series so very much. I say that because everytime I read one of her books I am trying to recapture that beauty and depth. This book is a good book, and one that I am sure that young readers will enjoy. ( )
  JenJoBo | Jan 7, 2014 |
I liked this book as it has lots of mini plots woven between bigger plots, however it didn't appear to get lost in too much descriptive dialogue. The story is of two recently orphaned brothers, Prosper and Bo (5yrs) who are to go and live with an Aunt & Uncle. The Aunt does not want the older boy Prosper as he is too much trouble and Bo does not wish to be separated from his sibling.. they escape their impending separation by running off to Venice. Hiding in the canals and alleyways of the city, the boys are befriended by a gang of young urchins and their masked leader, the Thief Lord (Scipio Massimo, a very rich boy) . From their home base of an old cinema theater, the children steal from the rich to support themselves and soon capture the interest of a bumbling detective, Victor. Victor was engaged by teh aunt to track down Bo. However, a greater threat to the children is something from a forgotten past: a beautiful magical merry go round that can change the age of anyone who rides it. A fantastic story with twists that aren't too curly to be unbelievable. ( )
  rata | Nov 11, 2013 |
I really liked this book but I wasn't too happy with the way it ended. ( )
  lizardferret | Oct 23, 2013 |
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Funke, CorneliaAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Latsch, OliverTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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