The Thief Lord Author:Cornelia Funke, Oliver Latsch (Translator) Welcome to the magical underworld of Venice, Italy, where hidden canals and crumbling rooftops shelter runaways and children with incredible secrets... — 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 boy who calls himself the "T... more »hief 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. And soon the boys are thrust into circumstances that will lead them, and reads, to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion.« less
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".