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Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious thirteen-year-old who calls himself the "Thief Lord." Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo delight in being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own. Soon the boys are thrust into ...

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Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious thirteen-year-old who calls himself the "Thief Lord." Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo delight in being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own. Soon the boys are thrust into circumstances that will lead them to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion.

Winner of the 2000 Zurich Children's Book Award and the 2001 Children's Book Award from the Vienna House of Literature.


Escaping the aunt who wants to adopt only one of them, two orphaned brothers run away from Hamburg to Venice, finding shelter with a gang of street children and their leader, the thirteen-year-old "Thief Lord," while also eluding the detective hired to return them to Germany.

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Cornelia Funke's international award-winning novel, The Thief Lord took Europe by storm and lands on this shore with widespread acclaim. Filled with plenty of mood and colorful characters, this suspenseful tale marks the American debut of a wonderful talent.

Set in modern-day Venice, the book follows a troupe of runaways who partake in theft and resell their goods to a local shopkeeper. Two members -- Prosper and his little brother, Bo -- are being followed by Victor, a detective hired by their mean aunt, but luckily, they and the other kids are watched over by the gang's mysterious and self-assured leader, Scipio (the Thief Lord). As the kids have several run-ins with the sleuth, they're also focused on Scipio's new job to steal a precious wooden carousel wing. Yet when they discover a few skeletons in the Thief Lord's closet and befriend Victor, they realize there is more to their fantastic world than meets the eye.

Filled with strong characters and old-world charm, this engrossing read has a plotline that won't leave you bored. Several stories are interwoven with grace and suspense, and the ending brings them all together with a breath of satisfaction. Although the real magic comes only toward the end, Venice provides a spellbinding backdrop that will have you feeling as if you're riding in gondolas and dodging tourists in St. Mark's Square. An adventure with subtle themes of being mature and doing the right thing,The Thief Lord is molto magnifico! Matt Warner

Alice Stroup
What is shocking in the case of "The Thief Lord" by Cornelia Funke, one of Germany's most popular kiddie-lit writers, is that the book lives up to the audacious claim. It's got the magic, the adventure, the awkward boy heroes and the plucky chick sidekick. It's even been edited by Barry Cunningham, the man who "discovered" Rowling and published the Harry Potter series in England. But "Thief Lord" is also just a darn good yarn - the charming tale of a band of urchin-thieves, a magical carousel and two orphaned brothers. Written in German, set in Italy and now translated into English, the postmodern fairy tale was just released in Britain, where it sold out in 10 days. In September, it'll arrive in the States with the British vernacular largely intact. "You don't have to Americanize everything for children to understand it," Cunningham says. "I find that quite condescending." Besides, the whole European vibe sure worked for Harry.
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Wacky characters bring energy to this translation of an entertaining German novel about thieving children, a disguise-obsessed detective and a magical merry-go-round. After their mother dies, 12-year-old Prosper and his brother, Bo, five, flee from Hamburg to Venice (an awful aunt plans to adopt only Bo). They live in an abandoned movie theater with several other street children under the care of the Thief Lord, a cocky youth who claims to rob "the city's most elegant houses." A mysterious man hires the Thief Lord to steal a wooden wing, which the kids later learn has broken off a long-lost merry-go-round said to make "adults out of children and children out of adults," but the plan alters when Victor, the detective Aunt Esther hired to track the brothers, discovers their camp and reveals that the Thief Lord is actually from a wealthy family. There are a lot of story lines to follow, and the pacing is sometimes off (readers may feel that Funke spends too little time on what happens when the children find the carousel, and too much on the ruse they pull on Prosper's aunt). But between kindhearted Victor and his collection of fake beards, the Thief Lord in his mask and high-heeled boots, and a rascally street kid who loves to steal, Prosper's new world abounds with colorful characters. The Venetian setting is ripe for mystery and the city's alleys and canals ratchet up the suspense in the chase scenes. Ages 9-12. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
Cornelia Funke is a popular German author whose novel The Thief Lord marks her debut in the United States. Brought to the English-reading world by the original publisher of J. K. Rowling, The Thief Lord creates a wonderfully rich tale of mystery and magic with theme, plot, character, and setting marvelously entwined by this skilled writer. Recently orphaned, twelve-year-old Prosper and his five-year-old brother Bo are on the run from their aunt. She wishes to adopt little Bo but intends to send Prosper away to boarding school. In a desperate attempt to stay together, the boys have escaped from Hamburg to Venice, the city their late mother described in her bedtime stories. They are rescued by a gang of street urchins who follow the instructions of a mysterious youth who calls himself the Thief Lord. All of the children find their longing for belonging satisfied by the caring community they have established in an abandoned movie theatre. However, their security is as illusory as the films that once flickered on the tattered screen. A quirky, well-meaning detective uncovers the truth of the Thief Lord, and the revelation destroys the trust that bound the group together. In the novel, Venice is more than setting. Its mystique and lore become another character, contributing to the plot and providing the impetus for the magical resolution which flows naturally from the legends of the ancient city. Funke's chapter drawings and reference maps add to the charm of the tale and enrich the strong sense of place that pervades the story. In the end, the children must unite with sympathetic adults in a quest to not only protect Prosper and Bo but also to provide the sanctity and security each of themdesires. The theme of belonging expands until it transforms into the nature of childhood itself, and the Thief Lord must make the ultimate steal in an attempt to find his place in the world. Intelligently written and plotted, The Thief Lord is a story in which the fantastic illustrates the value of our common, day-to-day relationships with family and friends. The novel has the power to spark the imagination of young readers for years to come. 2002, Scholastic,
— Mark deCastrique
From The Critics
Venice is a city of beauty, mystery, and plenty of secrets. Prosper and Bo are brothers who come to Venice to escape their terrible aunt Esther. They soon join a gang of street children determined to make their own living in the shadows of everyday Venice life—with the help of each other and their mysterious leader, the Thief Lord. While the practice of petty crime keeps the group alive, temptation becomes unbearable when a secretive client offers the Thief Lord a burglary challenge he cannot refuse. At the same time, a hidden danger draws near. A detective, paid by Esther to hunt down Proper and Bo, is on the brink of discovering the Thief Lord's hideout. Yearning only for a better life, the children begin the commission that will change their lives forever, and will set the Thief Lord to his hardest trial yet. This novel, translated from the original German text, is full of delightful characters and creative plot line twists. Funke's imagination touches the adventurous parts of the heart, as well as the simple human desire to belong and be loved. This story is pure magic. 2002, Scholastic, 349 pp.,
— Laura Schmidt
KLIATT
This novel about runaways in Venice, Italy, has been a best seller in Germany and has won literary prizes there and in Austria and Switzerland. It isn't really a YA novel, but is instead a sometimes demanding children's book, filled with adventure and a bit of magic. It's demanding because it's rather long and filled with details about Venice, which may be hard for many middle school students. Still, I'm sure there will be students in 5th through 8th grade who will appreciate the European nature of the story. There are many characters, and the adults are nearly as well realized as the children (an odd circumstance in children's literature). One main character is a miserable rich boy whose father either ignores him or demands too much of him. So Scipio—the Thief Lord—makes his life more exciting by befriending a group of children who are homeless runaways. Scipio finds them a place to stay in an abandoned cinema. Included in the runaways are two brothers, Prosper and Bo, orphans hiding from their aunt. This aunt hires a detective named Victor to find the boys, but when Victor does locate them, his sympathies lie with the boys and not with their aunt. The plot just gets more and more convoluted, with numerous other characters, planned thefts, a connection with an orphanage run by Catholic nuns in Venice, a magical carousel that will change a child to an adult or an adult to a child (you can imagine that some of the characters take advantage of this escape), and much more. The action rolls along in short chapters, each illustrated with a small pen-and-ink illustration of a locale in Venice. The vocabulary is somewhat demanding, with Italian words thrown in for atmosphere, but some YAs willcertainly enjoy this challenge. It is possible that it would appeal to readers of the Harry Potter stories. Category: Hardcover Fiction. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2000, Scholastic, The Chicken House, 345p. map.,
— Claire Rosser; KLIATT
VOYA
This German best-selling children's author creates a delightful tale that borrows a little from Oliver Twist and a bit from the magic of the Harry Potter books. A good-hearted private investigator is hired by a somewhat villainous couple to find their orphaned nephews. Fearing that the couple will separate them and actually only want them for their inheritance, the boys have run away to Venice, where they have the good fortune to fall amongst a tight group of street urchins, who often make ends meet through petty theft and cons. They live comfortably in an abandoned theater, benefactors of a mysterious masked boy who calls himself the Thief Lord. He often supplies them with food and expensive goods to hock. Life gets complicated when the children are hired by a sinister old man to retrieve a wooden wing from an old woman's home just as the investigator discovers the hideaway. What is the secret of the wing? Who is the old woman? All is resolved as the Thief Lord is unmasked, the boys outwit their aunt with the help of the PI, and the wing is restored to its mystical origins with some dire consequences. The magical city of Venice is used to full advantage. The characters are richly and realistically drawn-the good guys are not always good and the bad not really so bad. This satisfying, twisting tale is for upper elementary readers who enjoy a dab of magic surrounded by a charming story. VOYA Codes: 5Q 4P M J (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2002 (orig. 2000), Scholastic, 349p,
— Kevin Beach
School Library Journal
Gr 6-8-Actor Simon Jones does an excellent job of giving voice to Cornelia Funke's mystery adventure tale which has won several European children's literature awards (Scholastic, 2002). This Dickensian story begins in modern times in detective Victor Getz's office in Venice as he is asked to search for Esther Hartlieb's orphaned nephews, Prosper and Bo, who ran away when they learned Esther was going to adopt five-year-old Bo but send Prosper away to a boarding school. The boys came to Venice because their dead mother had often lovingly described the beauties of the city to them. They wind up in an abandoned movie theater with other runaways who are working for Scipio, a young boy they call the "Thief Lord." The evil Barbarossa who accepts their stolen goods asks them to steal a special broken wooden wing that came from an old, magical merry-go-round which can transport riders backward or forward in time. The plot is full of twists and surprises, and the characters are vividly described. The excellent descriptive passages make it easy to picture the characters and setting. Loyalty, honor among thieves, and whether it's better to be an adult or a child are some of the themes explored in this fast-paced, spellbinding tale.-Diane Balodis, Alden Intermediate School, NY Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When the orphans Prosper, 12, and Boniface, 5, run away from Hamburg to Venice to escape separation by their aunt and uncle Hartlieb, the crotchety, childless couple hires private detective Victor Getz to find Bo, the only brother they want. Prop and Bo feel at home with their new comrades (three other orphans who survive by picking pockets, but are otherwise harmless) in an abandoned movie theater. Their ringleader, the mysterious Thief Lord, appears from time to time with stolen riches that he gives to his poor friends. Harrowing and comical escapades abound when the Thief Lord accepts a job that will leave him and his friends financially secure-to steal a wing from a wooden lion statue. This wing, which belongs to the unconventional, kindhearted photographer Ida Spavento, is no ordinary piece of wood, but rather the missing piece to a hidden, magical merry-go-round rumored to turn children into adults and adults into children. As the children win over Ida, and even Victor, this new band of outcasts rescues one another from perilous events and scheming villains; ventures to the bewitched Secret Isle from which, as more rumors have it, no one ever returns; finds the missing merry-go-round; and creates the perfect solution. The magical city of Venice, with its moonlit waters, maze of canals, and magnificent palaces, is an excellent setting for the plot twists and turns in this fantasy/mystery/adventure, all rolled into one spellbinding story. A bestselling author in Germany, who has reached the US for the first time, Funke delights readers in the feelings of childhood, what it feels like to be innocent, afraid, curious, and safe; need friends and love; and want independence yet also to becared for. Although the core of this tale is heartwarming, the merry-go-round, like Ray Bradbury's carousel in Something Wicked This Way Comes, hints at darkness, leaving its riders and the novel's readers changed forever. (map, glossary, not seen) (Fiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613845724
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 349
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Cornelia Funke

Cornelia Funke is the author of the bestselling novels Dragon Rider, The Thief Lord, Inkheart, and Inkspell, all available on audio from Listening Library. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Biography

One of the most successful children's authors of our day, multi-award-winner Cornelia Funke started out as a social worker focused on the needs of disadvantaged youngsters. She enrolled in a post-graduate course at the Hamburg State College of Design, and left social work in the mid-1980s to begin a career as a children's book illustrator. However, the books she was commissioned to work on were prosaic and unimaginative, and she soon decided to try her hand at writing stories of her own.

An ardent fan of such childhood classics as Tolkien's Ring Trilogy and the tales of C. S. Lewis and J. M. Barrie, Funke was naturally drawn to the world of fantasy. She explained her attraction in a 2006 interview with the genre blog Writer Unboxed: " [T]he wonderful thing about fantasy is that it is the oldest way of story telling -- to clad what we feel and fear into disguises and make them more clear, to pass the borders of our every day life and use our imagination for travels into unknown worlds and unlimited experiences."

Although Funke was an immediate success in her native Germany, she was largely unknown outside Europe -- that is, until a young bilingual fan wrote to a British publishing firm inquiring why her favorite author's books were not available in English. The publisher hunted down what was, at the time, Funke's most recent book (The Thief Lord) and, in 2002, published it in translation. Already the recipient of several literary honors in Europe, the engaging YA fantasy went on to win the 2002 Book Sense Book of the Year Award.

One by one, as they are translated into English and published in America, Funke's wonderful stories have become huge bestsellers. Her ingenuity, imagination, and artistry shine in stand-alone novels like Dragon Rider and the Inkworld Trilogy -- Inkheart (2003), Inkspell (2005), and Inkdeath (2008). She has also produced picture books for younger readers, including The Wildest Brother, Pirate Girl, and Princess Knight. Fans who worry that this natural-born storyteller will run out of ideas can take solace in an author interview conducted in 2008 by Britain's Daily Telegraph. Asked if she had many more books in mind, Funke replied, "Oh yes, I am quite sure I won't be able to write them all down in a lifetime."

Good To Know

  • In German, Funke means "spark."

  • In 2005, Time magazine named Cornelia Funke among its "100 Most Influential Men and Women."

  • Funke claims to have written her popular Ghosthunters series "for boys who don't like to read."

  • When asked if she writes in German or English, Funke replied in a 2008 interview in The Washington Post: "I write in German. I've practiced this language for 47 years. I will never be a master in any other language. Anthea Bell, an old lady with cats, does the translation. She's amazing, and her translations are very, very true to my language."

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      1. Hometown:
        Los Angeles, CA
      1. Date of Birth:
        December 10, 1958
      2. Place of Birth:
        Dorsten, Germany
      1. Education:
        University of Hamburg

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    • Posted March 17, 2009

      I Liked the Descriptions...

      The descriptions in the book were phenomenal, such as, 'The moon hung high above the city as Prosper rushed out of the theater. The alley's lay empty and grew wisps of fog that floated eerily over the canals.'

      I just like the way Cornelia Funke ties in her descriptions with the action parts of the book, or the slow parts of the book, or for any part of the book for that matter. Without these little tid-bits of descriptive material, then there would be only dialogue, as most books do have. Descriptive writing is what makes up any book, especially this one. I like the character development as well; at first I didn't even know the slightest information about them besides their names, such as Hornet, Bo, Prosper, Mosca, Riccio, Scipio, and many more. By the end of the book, I felt like I had a one on one connection with all of the characters because gradually, Cornelia developed her characters into their personal stories, such as their real name's or where they were actually from. Although very boring at times, this book is a good read for all age groups, I recommend this to all.

      11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 5, 2009

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      FANTASTIC book!

      Okay, I kind of ruined it for myself by watching the movie first! However, the movie was great, just READ THE BOOK FIRST!<BR/>The book was great too, I love Cornelia Funke as an author. I strongly recommend any of her books. Especially, Igraine the Brave, the Inkheart trilogy, and Dragon Rider.<BR/>If Prosper were real, I'd marry him! :)

      8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted February 27, 2012

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      At first glance it seems likely that Cornelia Funke's novel The Thief Lord (2000) will center around the Thief Lord. All the same the story actually starts with Prosper and Bo, brothers who have run away to avoid their nasty aunt who wants to separate them. Convinced that all of the wonderful stories their late mother told them about Venice will be true and keep them safe, the boys make their way to that fair city.

      Unfortunately Venice is not as magical as their mother had told them (at least not right away). Just when Prosper is prepared to accept defeat and return his younger brother to the warm and safe, if not loving, home of his aunt, the boys are taken in by a very unusual band of children. Led by Scipio, the Thief Lord, the children live in a condemned theater living off the riches that Scipio steals from Venice's elite. The children know little else about Scipio, but in exchange for his support and protection they are willing to overlook that small detail.

      Meanwhile, the brothers' aunt has enlisted a private investigator to locate the boys and bring Bo back to her (Prosper will be sent to an orphanage). Like any other investigator worth his salt, Victor soon picks up the trail of the children. The more this trio sees of each other, the more tenuous the children's existence in the Venice theater seems. Indeed, Victor's investigation could unearth a secret about the Thief Lord that will change all of their lives. Forever.

      The Thief Lord is told in the whimsical, ethereal tone common to some fairy tales. It is entirely appropriate for this story, but also manages to make it that much harder to believe that the story is real. While the book was enjoyable, it always felt like the characters were at a remove--visible but not near enough to discern subtleties.Funke describes Venice and its landscapes beautifully but leaves the characters much less dimensional

      I liked that the story had a lot of twists and turns, but by the end of the novel it felt a bit like one too many turns. Funke blends realistic incidents with pure fantasy creating an uneasy combination that sometimes works well in the text and other times left me scratching my head. In some ways it feels like the first and second half of the the story come from two different plots.

      After realizing that the novel was originally written in German, I suspect that the different culture and writing conventions might have contributed to my uneasiness in deciding whether I actually liked the book. In summary, The Thief Lord was entertaining and will likely please any young fantasy readers in the house even though it was not completely wonderful.

      5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 31, 2012

      The Thief Lord written by Cornelia Funke is a wonderful fictiona

      The Thief Lord written by Cornelia Funke is a wonderful fictional story about two boys who ran away from their aunt. The story is exciting from the beginning, and the plot keeps you on a cliff hanger. Cornelia Funke does a great job of creating a setting, and it is easy to relate to the characters. As a person who finds it hard to stay interested in many books, I was not able to put this book down. Although being a quick read, The Thief Lord delivered a rich plot about how a group of street kids copes in the city of Venice. There are many twists in the plot. Cornelia Funke does a good job of writing each chapter from different points of view while still maintaining the main characters. After reading my first book written by Cornelia Funke, I will be sure to pick up another book she has written in the near future. Without a doubt I would recommend this story to people of all ages. It would keep younger kids intrigued while still providing entertainment for adults.
      To summarize, The Thief Lord is a great, exciting, and interesting book that would surely entertain whoever picks it up.

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    • Posted November 9, 2008

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      Loved this until the ending. The book was so so wonderful, and then all of a sudden near the end, a magic carousel is introduced out of nowhere...? BUT definitely worth the read.

      4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 9, 2009

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      It makes you want to talk about to ANYONE

      Its about this group of kids who live in a theater and Scipio who is the leader steals all the supplies they need and some extras so that they can sell it in town for a low profit. In this enchanting tale of magic and thievery you will not be able to let this book leave your side until you get to the amazing ending which trust me is something that you will remember for a very long time. Great for all ages and a must read for anyone who loves thrilling suspense and mysterious characters.

      3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 2, 2009

      Sorry, I liked the Ink series better, this was slower, but still okay.

      The book was more realistic than I expected, given her other books, and the characters were not as well drawn, but the ending was more interesting and exciting. Overall, it was acceptable becuase the central conceit was interesting. Something to read when there is nothing else on the shelf.

      3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 24, 2009

      GOOD BOOK!

      This book is really good. It kept me absorbed, I didn't want to put it down! Cornelia Funke is a great writer, I could tell from this book. I dont like alot of books it is hard for me to find a book that i really like, but this one I really liked. I really liked the story about the runaway kids and the Venice parts, like when Cornelia describes Italy and the places like the winged lions.I felt like i was really seeing them.
      Cornelia Funke is a great author and I recomend these other books, the Inkheart series (Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath) and the Harry Potter series, also the Warrior series.

      3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 15, 2013

      Good book

      It is not working

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 28, 2012

      As like any other book of Cornelia Funke.

      This book was full of suspense and mystery. But, like any other Cornelia Funke book, it ended with an amazing flourish. The ending was very surprising. Really,really good book.

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 6, 2011

      Great Book

      All I am going to say in this review sums up in that this book is that it's great. It has the suspense of a mystery but has a story safe enough for a child to read. I'm not saying that this book is just for kids, though. It's good for adults too. As you read, you will be intrigued by the 'Thief Lord' Scipio, feel the internal struggles of Prosper, and be excited by the mysteriousness of the Thief Lord's life. This book is so good that I wish Funke would write a sequel.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 31, 2013

      This book is just amazing!!!

      I really did like it. It was a great book that kept me reading till I finished the whole book....<333333

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 9, 2007

      A reviewer

      I was VERY disappointed since I very much enjoyed Inkheart and Dragon Rider. I was waiting during the whole book for the plot to actually warm up, and it never did! I liked a lot of the other books by Cornelia Funke and suggest the author to you, but this book was one of the least enjoyable books that I have ever read!!!

      2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 17, 2006

      poor

      Too slow got to about the 20th page and couldn't keep reading it. Inkheart and Inkspell were great books so i was disappointed with Funke.I thought I would get more out of the book.

      2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 5, 2014

      Love this book

      I LOVE THIS BOOK! I would recommend this book to anyone who loves reading books about adventure. There is some magic in it, but to me it feels kind of subtle, which I actually like. I never wanted to put the book down while reading it. Also there is a movie to the book and I feel like they followed the book really close.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 30, 2013

      Thief lord

      If you want to be swept off to a land of mystery and twist endings, this is the book for you. I truly loved it and I now dream of going to venice.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted February 22, 2013

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      My son had to read this for school, and I like to know what he i

      My son had to read this for school, and I like to know what he is reading so I picked it up also.

      This is a really great book about friendships and growing up (or not). My son enjoyed it very much (he is 11). It story is set in Venice, and you really get a feel of the area while reading this book.

      The story centers around two brothers -- Prosper (age 12) and Bo (age 5) who have run away from their aunt Esther because she only wants to keep Bo and send Prosper away to a boarding school. The boys can't stand to be apart and run away to the streets of Venice where they meet up with several other children. All of these children are lead by a boy known as Scipio (or, the Thief Lord). Meanwhile, the lovely aunt Esther has hired a private detective to look for the boys.

      The story line was a little slow to take off, but once it started moving, it never slowed down. It is a magical story that left me with a smile on my face. Lots of twists and turns in this story, and the ending was absolutely fabulous. We will definitely look for more from this author.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted August 19, 2012

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      Peter Pan Meets Annie, Oliver Twist and Harry Potter Cornelia F

      Peter Pan Meets Annie, Oliver Twist and Harry Potter Cornelia Funke's
      young-adult classic, &quot;The Thief Lord&quot; is a wonderful amalgam
      of Annie, Harry Potter, Oliver Twist and Peter Pan based in the
      true-to-life fantasy-land of Venice, Italy. The story centers around
      the run away brothers Prosper and Bo, whose mother recently passed away
      but left her boys with vivid stories of a city without streets and only
      canals, boats instead of cars, and palaces interspersed with a
      never-ending maze of teetering homes. Their Aunt Esther is only
      interested in adopting the younger Bo, and when faced with the prospect
      of being separated, the boys run from their native Germany to the Venice
      of their mother's bedtime tales. The boys hook up with a colorful band
      of other homeless children, led by the enigmatic leader Scipio, known as
      The Thief Lord. Using a recently abandoned movie theater as their home,
      the children have carved out a reasonable existence for themselves,
      until Aunt Esther employs Venice detective Victor Getz to track down
      Prosper and Bo. The homeless children engender the Lost Boys from Peter
      Pan, while a combination of character qualities encapsulate Peter Pan
      himself. The story is actually quite simple and reads very quickly at
      almost 350 pages. My 7th-grade son read the book in advance of our
      family trip to Venice and couldn't wait for me to read it as well. My
      4th grader shouldn't have any problem with the readability and concepts,
      and I think even my High Schooler will enjoy the simple innocence of the
      characters as well as the solidly colorful sense of Venice that Funke
      provides. The sweet spot for the story is probably high-reading 4th
      graders through 6th grade. And I'd highly recommend this for any
      children traveling to Venice. There's a rather dramatic shift towards
      fantasy in the last third of the book. It took me by surprise, since the
      first two-thirds are quite realistic and down to earth. At first thrown
      off and not particularly appreciating the shift, I've found myself
      thinking about the conclusions and simple messages of the story and
      found myself rather liking it. While rich with the emotions of the
      homeless children, Prosper and Scipio in particular, the story is very
      appropriate for most ages, with no violence, and clear children's-story morality.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 9, 2012

      The thief lord

      The thief lord is a MUST READ.I rate it a billion stars.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted February 20, 2011

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      HORRIBLE

      This is VERY slow-moving and boring! I'm surprsed though because Cornelia Funke is an AMAZING writer. I LOVED the Inkheart trilogy!!!!

      1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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