The Thief Lord

The Thief Lord The Enchanting International Bestseller With Bonus Back Matter And A Beautiful New Cover Two Orphaned Brothers, Prosper And Bo, Have Run Away To Venice, Where Crumbling Canals And Misty Alleyways Shelter A Secret Community Of Street Urchins Leader Of This Motley Crew Of Lost Children Is A Clever, Charming Boy With A Dark History Of His Own He Calls Himself The Thief Lord.Propser And Bo Relish Their New Family And Life Of Petty Crime But Their Cruel Aunt And A Bumbling Detective Are On Their Trail And Posing An Even Greater Threat To The Boys Freedom Is Something From A Forgotten Past A Beautiful Magical Treasure With The Power To Spin Time Itself.

Cornelia Funke is a multiple award winning German illustrator and storyteller, who writes fantasy for all ages of readers Amongst her best known books is the Inkheart trilogy Many of Cornelia s titles are published all over the world and translated intothan 30 languages She has two children, two birds and a very old dog and lives in Los Angeles, California.

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  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • The Thief Lord
  • Cornelia Funke
  • English
  • 28 May 2019
  • 0545227704

10 thoughts on “The Thief Lord

  1. says:

    THIS IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVOURITE BOOKS I love the characters, the world, the story Scipio was like one of my first book crushes lmao Seriously, this book is so exciting and fun and has such a great cast of characters who all have such genuine, important friendships and it s magical and beautiful could not recommend it highly enough It s like Six of Crows except they live in a movie theatre and they are all like 12KINDA wanna reread it again now its just the BEST

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    Twelve year old Prosper and his little brother, Bo short for Boniface , live with their friends in an abandoned movie theater deep in Venice The brothers are fleeing from an uncaring aunt who would keep Bo at her side like a lapdog and send Prosper to a faraway boarding school Their roommates Hornet, Mosca, and Riccio, are homeless kids with nowhere else to go They survive by stealing food and picking pockets.The leader of their little group is named Scipio His living quarters are unknown Twelve year old Prosper and his little brother, Bo short for Boniface , live with their friends in an abandoned movie theater deep in Venice The brothers are fleeing from an uncaring aunt who would keep Bo at her side like a lapdog and send Prosper to a faraway boarding school Their roommates Hornet, Mosca, and Riccio, are homeless kids with nowhere else to go They survive by stealing food and picking pockets.The leader of their little group is named Scipio His living quarters are unknown He provides the others with blankets and other necessities, and delights them with the treasures that he steals For Scipio is a thief the self proclaimed Thief Lord who has developed a fearsome reputation for himself in the city s underworld Everyone also assumes that the Thief Lord is an adult, not the scrawny twelve year old mincing about the rooftops in a plague doctor mask.One fateful day, a mysterious Comte offers Scipio a job that would make him a legend, with ramifications that neither he nor any of his crew have any idea of When the heist collides with Aunt Esther s quest for Bo and the crisis Scipio is running away from, some of these children will be faced with choices that will determine the rest of their lives.Content Advisory Violence Characteristic of Funke, there s some startling violent images here i.e the kids threatening to shoot Victor with his own gun, or Morosina pondering having her dogs tear the boys to pieces No actual gore view spoiler Scipio s father is emotionally abusive, but does not appear to be physically abusive His apparent cruelty still takes a terrible toll on his son hide spoiler Sex Absolutely nothing Language Squeaky clean This is a book where supposedly gritty adult characters say darn and heck with no children present I wonder if this was license on the translator s part This translation is by Oliver Latsch, not Anthea Bell, who translated the Inkheart series, where the word damn was used as punctuation Substance Abuse Ida smokes Everyone thinks it s gross, including the characters living in an abandoned building which cannot have been particularly clean Nightmare Fuel view spoiler The legendary magical item on the Isola Segreta turns out to be an enchanted carousel ride the Lion of St Mark and you ll become younger, perch on the merman s tail or was it one of the other magical critters and you ll age as many years as rotations you made round the carousel The Comte and his sister, who appear emotionally frozen at about age nine, ride the winged lion until their bodies match their childish minds Scipio takes the age up creature and jumps off when he s old enough to shave considering he s Italian he can probably shave already, but that s beside the point Barbarossa wants to be a young adult again, but loses the machine and emerges a sniveling five year old Scipio s psyche hasn t caught up with his body, while Barbarossa s adult mind and memories are caught inside a child s body hide spoiler Politics and Religion Riccio offers to disguise Prosper by painting him black like Mosca this does not happen and I don t think any larger statement was meant, but still, as an American it s a bit cringey Conclusions The Thief Lord features a strong atmosphere, a fascinating supernatural element, and an intriguing title character Unfortunately, the atmosphere doesn t always match the plot, the supernatural element isn t even hinted at until halfway through the book, and the title character plays second fiddle to a rather bland protagonist and a colorful supporting cast member who doesn t fit the mood of the piece.A Venetian setting will always make a book interesting There s something about winged lions and mermaids and masques and gondolas and canals full of deep, dark water that draws me in every time In The Thief Lord, the setting is a character, and this definitely works in its favor The movie theater where the kids live is like Venice itself in miniature ancient, grimy, secretive, and somehow still starry and magical.Scipio fits into this environment seamlessly for most of the story He s like a cat, charismatic and glamorous and self sufficient and disappearing for long periods of time Yet like all characters who wear a mask, we know that he struggles with self loathing, and the part of his life hidden from his friends is probably highly disagreeable All this turns out to be true about him Funke never examines his dysfunctional home life in any great depth, but that s forgivable in a middle grade book, especially one like this with one foot in reality and the other in the land of magic view spoiler What bothered me about Scipio was that all his problems seemed to evaporate once he took a spin on the carousel and emerged as a young man These wishes, in myths and fairytales, tend to backfire spectacularly on the wisher Scipio s wish was completely understandable, but again, there s usually a punishment for willfully disrupting the cycle of things like that It was annoying that, to paraphrase Florence and the Machine, his gift didn t come with a price hide spoiler.This whole theme of youth and age is pretty deep I found it intriguing that the Comte and his sister apparently never got over watching their employers children playing while they had to work they find the key to regaining their youth and the first thing they do is take over the old manor They play with the rich kid toys they used to envy, and even that doesn t make them happy There s Barbarossa, who seems to have been stuck in the intense selfishness of a five year old His punishment is pure nightmare fuel, but fitting Then there s Aunt Esther, who wants Bo to stop aging at six, and has no use for Prosper because he needs guidancethan hugs and is no longer cute.I just wish that the first half of the book had featured these themes, and the element of magic As is, the first half was mostly Victor donning bad disguises, walking into obvious set ups, and fussing over his tortoises I found Victor adorable, by himself and with his perfect match, Ida But starting the book off like that makes it seem goofier and lower stakes than I think Funke intended The magical element also sprang up out of nowhere, without even a hint All we needed was a brief flicker of it one of the St Mark s Lions around the city could come to life for a few seconds, or one of the kids could glimpse a mermaid or merman in a canal Maybe there s a location in the city where time freezes or accelerates or goes backwards, foreshadowing the pivotal event of the novel The way it was executed, it was jarring like if the Baudelaire kids in A Series of Unfortunate Events had learned that that Sugar Bowl everyone was fighting over could make its owner invisible I don t mind surprises, but it s nice when the genre of a book is clear and consistent throughout.Finally, I found the lack of empathy displayed by the children and some of the adults in the book downright alarming understandable, but still not the traits you d want in a hero The kids, Bo and Mosca largely excepted, are all rotten to Victor when they first meet him muchrotten than their situation actually requires And while I can t blame them for this, everyone seems delighted with what happened to Barbarossa He s horrid, but it s still bad form to jeer at him in his reduced state I had this problem with Inkheart, too even the usually good kids have many moments of being startlingly bratty.This book is harmless fun This is the first time I ve read it, but I know that the eleven year old me would have been beguiled by the Venetian setting and fallen in love with Scipio, the pre teen Byronic hero It flew by and kept me up late turning pages I think many of you will like it too

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    I ve readbooks than I remember From the classy literature books the classics to the crummy excuses of children s novels thrown into the public libraries to con young readers into believing that they possess quality my reading has been deep and varied Yet there are some novels I read as a child that impacted me enough to cause me to read them over again The Thief Lord is one of those books.What is The Thief Lord It is a fantasy tale and an adventure story combined and set in modern Ve I ve readbooks than I remember From the classy literature books the classics to the crummy excuses of children s novels thrown into the public libraries to con young readers into believing that they possess quality my reading has been deep and varied Yet there are some novels I read as a child that impacted me enough to cause me to read them over again The Thief Lord is one of those books.What is The Thief Lord It is a fantasy tale and an adventure story combined and set in modern Venice The story follows two brothers who have run away to Venice and end up in the company of a group of juvenile thieves living in an abandoned cinema At least they appear to be thieves to begin with As one reads on one realises that perhaps these thieves are not quite the rogues they would have you believe Which all leads into the job they are asked to do with their leader, the masked Thief Lord, at their head They are asked to recover a magical artefact for a particular rich individual with no proper knowledge of what this artefact could do The assignment and the squabbles within the group, added to the hidden secret of the Thief Lord lead to a fascinating conclusion.This book, as I reflect, is essentially about the idea of empowerment as linked to age The children within this book feel entrapped by the very fact that they are minors within society In order to gain power the two brothers run away and the group of thieves hide out in the abandoned cinema away from the confines of the law Hence the book proposes that children are farcapable than society seems to realise and that at times laws designed to protect appear to entangle.This is one of those children s novels I would recommend for future generations as a fun and interesting fairytale type of novel Would I go back and re read it Probably not at this stage as I would not want to ruin the childhood magic of this novel

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here SPOILER ALERTI hate hate hate it when a book introduces magic 3 4ths of the way through I like fantasy, thats not the problem But the ordinary people are supposed to discover the magic at the beginning of the book You know, the children run through a mysterious old house in the country, hide in a wardrobe, and bam they re in Narnia Perfect Don t try and tell me a realistic story and then suddenly change solve everything with magic that the characters just accept and move on I was adoring SPOILER ALERTI hate hate hate it when a book introduces magic 3 4ths of the way through I like fantasy, thats not the problem But the ordinary people are supposed to discover the magic at the beginning of the book You know, the children run through a mysterious old house in the country, hide in a wardrobe, and bam they re in Narnia Perfect Don t try and tell me a realistic story and then suddenly change solve everything with magic that the characters just accept and move on I was adoring this book until that point

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    Herr der Diebe The Thief Lord, Cornelia FunkeThe Thief Lord is a children s novel written by Cornelia Funke It was published in Germany in 2000 and translated into English by Oliver Latsch in 2002 for The Chicken House, a division of Scholastic publishing company It was also adapted into a film in 2006.The Thief Lord follows the story of brothers, Prosper and Boniface Bo , who run away to Venice, Italy They are taken in by a group of street children who live in an abandoned movie theater Herr der Diebe The Thief Lord, Cornelia FunkeThe Thief Lord is a children s novel written by Cornelia Funke It was published in Germany in 2000 and translated into English by Oliver Latsch in 2002 for The Chicken House, a division of Scholastic publishing company It was also adapted into a film in 2006.The Thief Lord follows the story of brothers, Prosper and Boniface Bo , who run away to Venice, Italy They are taken in by a group of street children who live in an abandoned movie theater the Stella, and are led by a proud orphan named Scipio He appears to steal valuables and the orphan group sells them to a sly shopkeeper, Ernesto Barbarossa A customer of Barbarossa, calling himself the Conte, asks the Thief Lord to steal a wooden lion s wing for him The runaway boys aunt and uncle figure out where they are and set a detective, Victor Getz, on their trail Victor recognizes the boys on the street and manages to initiate a conversation with innocent little Bo Bo accidentally lets slip that he lives in an old movie theater When the rest of the children see Victor, they cause a distraction and run away, taking his wallet with them In his search for the theater, Victor visits the home of Dottor Massimo, the owner of the Stella, where he sees Scipio, who is actually the son of the rich Dottore 2011 1383 467 1385 1387 9789643691455 21 1388 1 9789643497026 2 9789643497033

  7. says:

    Set in contemporary Venice around the time of both answering machines and cell phones , this is not exactly what I expected, which was a historical fantasy with lighthearted, adventurous thieving in it What I got was arealistic tale of runaways and orphans trying to make it in a contemporary city Still, bonus points for Venice There was a little bit of thieving, but it wasdesperate, the group of kids scraping by while living in an abandoned movie theater It was sad, but heartwarm Set in contemporary Venice around the time of both answering machines and cell phones , this is not exactly what I expected, which was a historical fantasy with lighthearted, adventurous thieving in it What I got was arealistic tale of runaways and orphans trying to make it in a contemporary city Still, bonus points for Venice There was a little bit of thieving, but it wasdesperate, the group of kids scraping by while living in an abandoned movie theater It was sad, but heartwarming as well because of the friendships that they found It honestly took me a while to warm up to it, until the second half when the focus shifted away from their sparse lives and intoof an adventure what I d been expecting in the first place.There s a little bit of magic to it towards the end, enough to shake things up There s payback that doesn t end up being malicious, and wishes coming true that end up not being quite what was hoped for That made a bittersweet ending for some of the characters, and an arguably happy one for others, whether they deserved it or not I like how it wasn t all black and white.One drawback for me is that it was told in a very juvenile tone it s definitely for middle grade readers That, and some of the word choices in the translation didn t fit and were distracting for example, darn it was used a lot I d probably give it 2 stars, given how much I don t usually enjoy contemporary, realistic stories But it was good for its target age group, and I probably would have loved it when I was younger, so I m bumping it up a star

  8. says:

    It s a great fantasy Let s run away to Venice, and hide out in an old movie theater We can dye our hair blonde, so no one will ever find us In a way, this is a European version of From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler, with siblings running away to a place stuffed with antiquities, and getting mixed up in an art mystery I guess Victor the detective must have the Mrs Frankweiler role.I didn t expect the touch of fantasy at the end I d love to read a sequel to find out what ha It s a great fantasy Let s run away to Venice, and hide out in an old movie theater We can dye our hair blonde, so no one will ever find us In a way, this is a European version of From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler, with siblings running away to a place stuffed with antiquities, and getting mixed up in an art mystery I guess Victor the detective must have the Mrs Frankweiler role.I didn t expect the touch of fantasy at the end I d love to read a sequel to find out what happened to the Thief Lord

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    Book of the Year Awards Really Is it unsympathetic of me to think that this book is childish How reductive should authors of children s lit be I ve been working with a young student this summer, and The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke, is a big favorite on the sixth grade circuit This particular boy had chosen it for summer reading, and so I picked up a copy for myself.Enh.Billed as a fantastical journey through the magical underworld of Venice, Italy , The Thief Lord follows a pair of Book of the Year Awards Really Is it unsympathetic of me to think that this book is childish How reductive should authors of children s lit be I ve been working with a young student this summer, and The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke, is a big favorite on the sixth grade circuit This particular boy had chosen it for summer reading, and so I picked up a copy for myself.Enh.Billed as a fantastical journey through the magical underworld of Venice, Italy , The Thief Lord follows a pair of orphaned boys on the run from their condescending aunt They survive with the help of a small gang of children run by one boy, Scipio, who takes on the titular moniker Trouble comes their way, though, as the boys aunt hires a detective to track them down and as the gang discovers a secret that their leader has been hiding.Ok Venice, gangs of child thieves, possessive relatives on the prowl Prime fixin s for a romantic vision sounds like the makings of a Dickensian tale But as the story reveals itself strict, impatient fathers detectives with fake moustaches grumpy shopkeepers thecliche and the less compelling it becomes The Thief Lord doesn t run too deep It s a fun tale that takes the reader through modern day Venice, and it seems to begin and end there a fun tale Well, a fun tale for kids Everyone acts like children in this novel Even the grumpy grown ups Especially the grumpy grown ups.Even as a cultural piece Venice , the novel falls short Aside from a few choice phrases in Italian, Funke doesn t take advantage of the opportunity to educate her readers young and old the way she could The novel bounces from piazza to ponte, but everything settings, characters, etc. feels vague and undefined Do I recommend thisNot really Would I teach thisNope Lasting impressionThe world of The Thief Lord didn t glow with it s own hidden knowledge the way Pullman or Rowling s worlds do Characters move impulsively Brilliant ideas don t seem so brilliant Plot twists rely too much on coincidence and contrivances Enh

  10. says:

    2 5 It breaks my heart to say this, but this is my first skimmed dnf book of 2018 I was really hoping I wouldn t have any this year oh well I have to stick to my philosophy that life is too short to push yourself to read books you re not into I think most people can agree with that So many books, so little time, you know Really, I don t have much to say The Thief Lord started off promising I really enjoyed Chapter One with Victor and his internal bluntness however, the other ch 2 5 It breaks my heart to say this, but this is my first skimmed dnf book of 2018 I was really hoping I wouldn t have any this year oh well I have to stick to my philosophy that life is too short to push yourself to read books you re not into I think most people can agree with that So many books, so little time, you know Really, I don t have much to say The Thief Lord started off promising I really enjoyed Chapter One with Victor and his internal bluntness however, the other characters, I wasn t too fond of And once I realized that nearly every chapter focused on Prosper and Bo, I wasn t into it.There s nothing wrong with this book There really isn t The writing is fine and the story seems like it should be interesting only I didn t think it was Therefore, I m going to chalk this up as a me thing, because I can see many people enjoying this.I know this is a short review, but I don t have anything else to say It s not a bad book it just isn t for me

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