The Thief Lord
Author: Cornelia Funke
Illustrator: Christian Burmingham
Grade Level Equivalent:
Guided Reading Level:
Mystery and Suspense, Fantasy
Loyalty, Adoption and Foster Care, Friends and Friendship, Honesty, Leadership
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 13-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 and readers to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion.
Praise for The Thief Lord
* "The magical city of Venice, with its moonlit waters, maze of canals, and magnificent palaces, is an excellent setting for the plot twists and turns in this fantasy/mystery/adventure, all rolled into one spellbinding story."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review