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THE THIEF LORD.

Funke, Cornelia.

ISBN 10: 0439404371 / ISBN 13: 9780439404372
Published by New York: Scholastic -The Chicken House, (2002.) dj, 2002
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SIGNED hardcover - Later printing. SIGNED on the title page. Two orphaned children who run away to Venice to escape their nasty aunt are 'hiding among the crumbling canals and misty alleyways of the city.They are befriended by a gang of street children and their mysterious leader, The Thief Lord.' Funke is described on the cover as the '3rd most popular writer in Germany after Rowling and Stine' but this book is far more mature and satisfying than the works of those authors. Illustrated with a double page map of Venice, small drawings of the city at the head of each chapter and vignettes at the chapter end. Winner of the 2003 Mildred L. Batchelder award, the Zurich Children's Book Award and the Children's Book Award from the Vienna House of Literature. Glossary. 349 pp. Near fine in blue boards in a very good dust jacket (small tear to dj at side of spine, now in an archival protector.). Bookseller Inventory # 53836

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Title: THE THIEF LORD.

Publisher: New York: Scholastic -The Chicken House, (2002.) dj

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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An exciting, magical adventure set among the crumbling canals and ancient ruins of Venice, Italy.

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 character 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 relish 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, and readers, to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion.

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Imagine a Dickens story with a Venetian setting, and you'll have a good sense of Cornelia Funke's prizewinning novel The Thief Lord, first published in Germany in 2000. This suspenseful tale begins in a detective's office in Venice, as the entirely unpleasant Hartliebs request Victor Getz's services to search for two boys, Prosper and Bo, the sons of Esther Hartlieb's recently deceased sister. Twelve-year-old Prosper and 5-year-old Bo ran away when their aunt decided she wanted to adopt Bo, but not his brother. Refusing to split up, they escaped to Venice, a city their mother had always described reverently, in great detail. Right away they hook up with a long-haired runaway named Hornet and various other ruffians who hole up in an abandoned movie theater and worship the elusive Thief Lord, a young boy named Scipio who steals jewels from fancy Venetian homes so his new friends can get the warm clothes they need. Of course, the plot thickens when the owner of the pawn shop asks if the Thief Lord will carry out a special mission for a wealthy client: to steal a broken wooden wing that is the key to completing an age-old, magical merry-go-round. This winning cast of characters--especially the softhearted detective with his two pet turtles--will win the hearts of readers young and old, and the adventures are as labyrinthine and magical as the streets of Venice itself. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

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