I honestly was disappointed - I found the book hard to read and get into - initially I was drawn to it because it was reviewed to be a more realistic Harry Potter and I found it nothing like. It never really drew me in and while I enjoyed the characters,they never tugged at my coat tails the way the children do in Oliver Twist or similar stories.
I was first told about this book from a friend of mine. S reads just as much as i do, and had just about the same taste in books as i do. So when i picked it up, i expected it to be interesting. But interesting turned into un-put-down-able. The is the book that opened my eyes to the world of Cornelia Funke. A great writer, and a great book.
Young adult fantasy/fiction novel about a small group of orphans living on their own in an abandoned movie theatre in Venice. Another mysterious young man named Scipio, self-titled The Thief Lord, helps take care of them by stealing valuables and selling them for money. When two of the orphans' aunt and uncle appear in Venice looking for them and hire a detective to aid their search, the security of the small group of friends is threatened. When the fence they use for getting rid of their stolen goods offers a special job to Thief Lord for mega-moola, he accepts and they are off on another wild adventure. Very well-written and enjoyable book that gives very atmospheric descriptions of Venice. Loved it!
Age Range: 9 to 12
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The Barnes & Noble Review
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
This book was a wonderful read- from the first page to the last. I love children's fiction, and this one lived up to my high standards.
It is about two brothers who become orphans and must find their way along with other homeless children on the streets of Venice. The city is charming, beautiful, and mysterious and the children love it there but their lives together are threatened by a relative who wants to separate them.
I LOVED this book when I was younger! I read it when I was in 5th grade, and a few of the words were a little confusing (partly because some of them were in Italian)but I still really enjoyed it. It's great for kids who are just getting out of those easy readers. Also great for a read-a-loud book.
Welcome to the magical underworld of Venice, Italy. Here, hidden canals and crumbling rooftops shelter runaways and children with incredible secrets . . .
After escaping from their cruel aunt and uncle, orphans Prosper and Bo meet a mysterious boy who calls himself the "Thief Lord". Clever and charming, the Thief Lord leads a band of street children who enjoy making mischief. But the Thief Lord also has a dark secret. And suddenly Prosper and Bo find themselves on a fantastical journey to a forgotten place. What they discover there will change the course of their destiny . . . forever.
My personal favorite book. No, it isn't a complex and twisted read that keeps you on the edge of your seat in that respect, but the magic and captivating characters sure can be hard to resist! It's simple, but not too simple, and it's one of the few books I've read more than once. Very heart-warming, definitely better than the movie (that's a given), and truly shows the bond of brotherhood at its strongest. If I had my way, Prosper and Bo would win the hearts of everyone who reads it, but it might not be your cup of tea if you aren't into the synopsis. An easy read, something that I come back to again and again as a comfort read. I recommend it to anyone who needs a little innocence in their life.
This was the first book that I've read by Cornelia Funke. I didn't particularly like it, but it wasn't terrible. The Thief Lord is about a group of orphans that stick together in Venice and their leader. They stick up for each other and watch out for each other. It was a cute premise and I loved the back drop of Italy.
A great story set in a magical underworld of Venice, Italy, where hidden canals and crumbling rooftops shelter runaways with incredible secreta. Prosper and Bo - orphans on the run from a cruel aunt and uncle - hide in Venice, where they meet a mysterious 13 year-old boy--the "Thief Lord." Circumstances lead the listener to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion.
Fantastic book I really wish I found when I was younger. It brilliantly captivates that fantasy all children have about running away and living a life of adventure, with life-like characters you can really believe in from the first page. My only real complaint, is about the quality of the last fifty pages or so. Starting with a completely unrealistic turn into fantasy, it seems the last several chapters are a sloppy and hasty attempt to tie up all loose ends in a cheerfully satisfying matter. The younger audience won't mind, I'm sure, but to me it seemed the element of reality Funke so tactfully kept was suddenly ruined for the sake of a classic "The End".
I was told this would be a good book to read after the Harry Potter series, that is not so. It was not at all captivating & I think even a child would be rather bored by the content. I would not recommend this book.