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The Thief Lord

by Funke, Cornelia, 1958-

Format: Print Book 2003
Availability: Available at 11 Libraries 13 of 13 copies
Available (13)
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Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Fiction juv FUNKE Cornelia
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
 
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CLP - South Side Children's Fiction Collection j Paperback F
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Collection  Children's Fiction Collection
 
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Children Fiction J Fic Fun
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Collection  Children Fiction
 
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Clairton Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA F
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Young Adult Fiction YA FUNKE
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
 
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
 
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Young Adult YA pb FUN
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
 
Collection  Young Adult
 
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Children's Paperbacks j pb FUN
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
 
Collection  Children's Paperbacks
 
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Children's Paperbacks j pb FUN
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
 
Collection  Children's Paperbacks
 
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Millvale Community Library Juvenile Fiction JFIC FUN
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Collection  Juvenile Fiction
 
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Robinson Library Middle Grade Section MG FIC FUNKE
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Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Fiction j FUN
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South Fayette Township Library Juvenile Fiction J FIC FUN
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Collection  Juvenile Fiction
 
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Western Allegheny Community Library Middle Grade MG FUNKE
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Summary
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 6^-9. There are shards of wonderful stories in this ambitious narrative, but they don't quite cohere into a shimmering whole. That said, this is still a pretty nifty adventure set as brilliantly in its Venetian setting as a baroque pearl. Twelve-year-old Prosper and five-year-old Boniface cling to the stories their mother told them of Venice, with its winged lions and rooftop angels. After her death, they run away from Hamburg and their pinch-faced relatives to Venice, where a motley crew of children, living in an abandoned movie theatre, takes them in. The leader is Scipio, the Thief Lord, who directs the petty thievery and acts as older brother to the group. Victor, a gentle detective, has been hired to find the brothers, and he does so quickly, but is bemused by their ragtag family and is loathe to hand them over to the aunt. Funke beguiles young readers as she paints the city of Venice in exquisite strokes; the affection between the brothers is sweetly rendered. However, a fantasy element surfaces barely 100 pages from the end where it startles and distracts. It fits with the Venetian setting but not with the structure of the story. This German import is a popular choice in Europe. GraceAnne A. DeCandido"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Runaways -- Fiction.
Robbers and outlaws -- Fiction.
Brothers -- Fiction.
Detectives -- Fiction.
Venice (Italy) -- Fiction.
Italy -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Chicken House/Scholastic Inc.,2003
Other Titles Herr der Diebe.
Contributors Latsch, Oliver.
Language English
Description 349 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm
ISBN 9780439420891 (pbk.)
043942089X (pbk.)
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