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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 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 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. My Video Review I ve read books 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 far capable 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. 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 a realistic 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 was desperate, 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 into of 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. 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. Two Orphaned Children Are On The Run, Hiding Among The Crumbling Canals And Misty Alleyways Of The City Of VeniceBefriended By A Gang Of Street Children And Their Mysterious Leader, The Thief Lord, They Shelter In An Old, Disused Cinema On Their Trail Is A Bungling Detective, Obsessed With Disguises And The Health Of His Pet Tortoises But A Greater Threat To The Boys New Found Freedom Is Something From A Forgotten Past A Beautiful Magical Treasure With The Power To Spin Time Itself 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. 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 the cliche 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. 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.