Tuesday, July 8, 2008
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Reviewed by Mrs. Kirby-LeMon at Skano
Orphans Prosper (age 12) and Bo (age 5) have run away from Germany to escape Aunt Esther who wants only to adopt Bo because he's cute. Unwilling to break up their family, Prosper takes Bo to Venice, Italy, a place their mother always talked about fondly. Knowing nothing about the city, nor about the fact that Aunt Esther has hired a detective (Victor) to find them, the boys meet up with Scipio, the self-named "Thief Lord," who takes them to live in an abandoned movie theater with some other street kids.
Barbarossa, a slimy antiques dealer who pays little money for the treasures the kids bring him, offers a special job to the Thief Lord. Scipio willingly accepts the mysterious task. This is where the story really picks up! Prosper and Bo know Victor is hot on their trail, for they keep bumping into him all over Venice. At the same time, Scipio's plan to steal the special item is fraught with danger, for it is hidden on an isolated island protected by viscious dogs. Will the brothers be separated forever? What will happen to the Thief Lord?
If you like stories with lots of action, interesting characters, plot twists and suspense, you'll love The Thief Lord!
It is predominantly realistic fiction, but does have some fantasy elements, so I'm taking the liberty of tagging it as both.