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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:Chicken House (2010), Paperback, 376 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned

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

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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.
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    The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (benfulton)
    benfulton: The redemption of unhappy childhoods.
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    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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A family favorite. We've read aloud several times, one of which was killing time at nomad camp and grimy hotels in Tibet. We've fallen in love with Venice. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
A family favorite. We've read aloud several times, one of which was killing time at nomad camp and grimy hotels in Tibet. We've fallen in love with Venice. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
A family favorite. We've read aloud several times, one of which was killing time at nomad camp and grimy hotels in Tibet. We've fallen in love with Venice. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 5, 2016 |
Narrated by Simon Jones. From jacket: "Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious 13-year-old boy who calls himself "The Thief Lord." Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crime. Prosper and Bo delight in being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own." Venice the setting as a character in its own right. The merry-go-round as a fountain of youth or age. Barbarosa, the crafty merchant. Ida the photographer who takes in the kids. Victor the detective hired to find Prosper and Bo.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This was an excellent book. Set in Venice Italy, it is a story about a group of kids lead by one called "The Thief Lord" and the adventures they get into as they all meet up with each other.

Bo & Prosper are brothers who are running away from their evil Aunt, when they join the group that is lead by "The Thief Lord", one called Scipio. The thing is, that the Thief Lord holds mysteries of his own. Without giving up spoilers here for anyone who wants to read it, the adventure really begins when "The Thief Lord" is asked by the powerful "Conte" to steal something very valuable.

I happened to like this book, first because it is an easy read. It is intended for a reader between 3rd grade and 5th grade. It is a good story in that it takes you through Venice Italy. It spells out a little Italian to get the young reader drawn into the culture and the story.

One would call the plot twists predictable, but you know what? The way this book was written, you really didn't care. Full of suspense for the young reader, you get the sense that you want to find out what happens next.

I highly recommend this book for the young reader..... ( )
  DVerdecia | Jan 29, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Funke, CorneliaAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Latsch, OliverTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meier, LotharIllustratorsecondary 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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