Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Thief Lord

The Thief Lord
By: Cornelia Funke, Illustrated By: Christian Burmingham, Translated from German to English By: Oliver Latsch.
Scholastic Inc.
October 2003
Ages: 9-12

After their Mother dies, brothers Prosper and Bo, runaway to Venice to live. They run into a band of homeless children that live in an abandoned movie theatre that is controlled by someone who calls himself the Thief Lord, a young, intelligent child with a darker and more mysterious background than the others are aware of. He brings "loot" from his various robberies for the children to sell and get money for so that they may be able to live. But unfortunately, as this happens in most novels, Prosper and Bo's cruel Aunt and Uncle have hired a private detective in Venice and he is hot on their trail. And when a mysterious client intent on hiring the children and the thief lord for a robbery he wants done, things start to get fishy and just a little bit supernatural/magical and Prosper and Bo go through a series of adventures with each other that they never would've dreamed possible. A mysterious tale about a magical merry-go-round surface and they children are convinced of it's magical powers.
Who would benefit from reading this book?
Anyone who is already a fan of Cornelia Funke's work or a fan of modern fantasy/adveture books will surely enjoy this unique story.
What was your reaction?
I am already a huge fan of Cornelia Funke's work and The Thief Lord was no acception for me. I fell in love with it the moment I started reading it and i couldn't put it down! It's definitely something I would reccommend to anyone who asked about it.

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