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The Thief Lord | [Cornelia Funke]

The Thief Lord

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 "Thief 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 "Thief 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 to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion.

©2000 Cornelia Funke; English Translation ©2001 Oliver Latsch; (P)2000 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Winner, Children's Literature, 2003

" "It's a compelling tale, rich in ingenious twists, with a setting and cast that will linger in [listeners'] memories." (School Library Journal)
"Brilliantly narrated by Simon Jones, this enchanting tale of adventure, mischief, and magical outcomes is utterly charming." (AudioFile)<

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    Charlene Easton, MD, USA 07-03-05
    Charlene Easton, MD, USA 07-03-05
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    "Excellent production, original story"

    What a wonderful book! I thought the story was very original, unpredictable and quite wonderful. I have always liked this narrator and thought he was perfect. All the characters seem quite real and varied. I have a hard time with the negative review posted here, obviously someone who does not like fantasy. Also I have never considered Simon Jones a "soothing" reader -- on the contrary I find him quite invigorating!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mitchelle Alameda, CA, USA 06-07-07
    Mitchelle Alameda, CA, USA 06-07-07
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    "Great fun"

    At first I thought this book was a little too much like others about thieving street children, but Cornelia Funke is now one of my favorite writers and her characters are fabulous, alive and fun. Lots of twists and turns - I'm always amazed at her ability to think up so many adventurous plot twists that all come together in the end. Really fun listen. If you haven't listed to Inkheart & Inkspell, though, those are must listens for those of us who love these types of books! And if you like these books and haven't yet listened to "His Dark Materials" (starts with the Golden Compass), by all means do. Not the same author, but great fantasy adventures, too.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scott T. Smith Clinton, Utah United States 11-22-04
    Scott T. Smith Clinton, Utah United States 11-22-04 Member Since 2004

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    "Cornelia Funke does it again!"

    One of my children's most favorit books. The story takes place in Venice, Italy with all its romance and dangers. Cornelia spins a story that will keep you inthralled and entertained. A defenate read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bev Alton, IL, USA 10-11-07
    Bev Alton, IL, USA 10-11-07
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    "Good Children's Story"

    Taking place in Venice, following the story of 2 run-aways, this story takes you on adventures throughout the city while the children live in an old theatre and depend on the Theif Lord for their needs. Good story with alot of heart.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle Georgetown, TX, United States 12-30-03
    Danielle Georgetown, TX, United States 12-30-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Not quite what I had expected"

    I hadn't read this book before purchasing the audio tape, and it wasn't quite what I'd expected based on the blurbs. The plot is good, but I had thought there would be more elements of fantasy in it. Also, because of the number of characters in the book and their unusual names (the book was originally written in German, though most of the names are Italian), I had difficulty following the plot while driving. The narrator, though good, was also a bit too soothing for my alertness level.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA 07-06-07
    Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA 07-06-07 Member Since 2001

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    "Excellent recording, excellent book!"

    My daughter and I loved this book so much we have heard it several times since it was published, and have given it as a gift to many others! Great, imaginative story, wonderful characters, wonderful narrator, all round great success! It inspired my daughter to do a project for school on Venice and to ask many times to visit!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Zoe albuquerque, NM, USA 10-06-04
    Zoe albuquerque, NM, USA 10-06-04
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    "Fantastic"

    A wonderful book. Much enjoyed.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth van nuys, CA, United States 11-26-08
    Elizabeth van nuys, CA, United States 11-26-08 Member Since 2007
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    "thief lord"

    very good story for my boys, 11 and 13; we have a beastly commute, the first thing they want to do when we climb into the car is to check in w/ the story!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Colorado Springs, CO, United States 08-22-07
    Cynthia Colorado Springs, CO, United States 08-22-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Thief Lord"

    A good listen :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Thousand Oaks, CA, USA 04-30-06
    Eric Thousand Oaks, CA, USA 04-30-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Great writer great reader!"

    It may be a children's book; however, it has enough intrigue for any adult. A great listen with your children on a trip or to and from school!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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