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The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

The Thief Lord (original 2000; edition 2010)

by Cornelia Funke (Author)

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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."
Title:The Thief Lord
Authors:Cornelia Funke (Author)
Info:Chicken House (2010), Edition: 1, 376 pages
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The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke (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 Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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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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    Caraval by Stephanie Garber (CurrerBell)
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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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It's hard not to raise an eyebrow at the rip-off from Something Wicked This Way Comes, but otherwise, this was a thoroughly fun read. Endearing characters, frequently humorous, lots of action, and beautifully atmospheric with its setting in Venice. I find it harder to get into audiobooks with a male reader, but Simon Jones did a great job with it. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
loved this book when I was younger ( )
  zacchaeus | Dec 26, 2020 |
The Thief Lord is an almost romanticized runaway story with two brothers seeking shelter after their parents die. The relatives trying to split them up send a private investigator to find them while they are out stealing fancy items from their orphan gang leader's house. It's a great book to get young kids into reading! It features plenty of action throughout the book and is featured in Venice, Italy. ( )
  Ariel_Amador | Nov 16, 2020 |
  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
The blurb on the back of the book led me to believe that there would be more of a fantasy element to this book. It takes about 300 pages for any magical type stuff to occur and by then it just feels out of place. I think if the rumored magic had been just that, a rumor and not true at all, then it would have been a more satisfying read. ( )
  LynnK. | Aug 4, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Funke, Corneliaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Latsch, OliverTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meier, LotharIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Rolf -- and to Bob Hoskins, who looks exactly like Victor
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It was autumn in Venice when Victor first heard of Prosper and Bo.
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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."

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