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The Thief Lord (Handsigned U.K. 1st ptg)

Cornelia Funke

ISBN 10: 190343470X / ISBN 13: 9781903434703
Published by London: The Chicken House, 2002
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover, HANDSIGNED by CORNELIA FUNKE on the half title page (not a bookplate signature). A U.K. 1st Edition/1st Printing and the true English language 1st Edition. FINE/AS NEW condition, a pristine unread copy, clean and tight, suitable for collectors. Some yellowing to the paper stock as is common with this title. Flawless dustjacket is Brodart protected. Pages have yellowed with time, which is common with U.K. 1sts of this title. One of only 1,000 U.K. 1st printings that were printed. Award-winning title from German author of the Inkheart trilogy which preceeded that series and first established Cornelia Funke's reputation as the German J.K. Rowling. Thrilling, imaginative story that became a worldwide bestseller. Hugely collectible book from one of the most respected children's authors of this decade. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1402449727

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Title: The Thief Lord (Handsigned U.K. 1st ptg)

Publisher: London: The Chicken House

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The sensational, highly acclaimed New York Times bestseller--now available in paperback!

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.

Review:

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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