Cornelia Funke does a wonderful job of telling the amazing story of Proper and Bo, orphans who have escaped to Venice, Italy based on their late mother's fantastical descriptions of the city. Luckily, before Bo and Prosper freeze or starve to death, an already formed band of street children take them in and allow them to live with them in an abandoned movie theatre. Prosper and Bo soon learn that these children are cared for by a child close to their own age who calls himself "The Thief Lord." Between the forgotten items of tourists and the Thief Lord's grand theft adventures, the children believe they are quite well off, that is until they discover the Thief Lord has been keeping a very interesting secret from all of them.
Between dodging a detective their cold-hearted aunt has sent looking for them, trying to survive in the city while staying out of trouble, and discovering the Thief Lord's secret, Propser and Bo embark on an amazing adventure that changes the course of their future.
Cornelia Funke does an amazing job describing Venice in such extravagent detail that readers feel like they're there! The imagery provided brings the story to life, capturing readers of all ages. The characters are lovable and believable making readers want to invite them all into their homes by the end of the novel.
Funke focuses on the importance of family, illustrating that this doesn't always mean blood-relatives. Also, the lines between right and wrong are blurred based on the issue of survival which could provoke some interesting classroom discussion. Moral values and dilemmas are often presented in non-judgemental ways which allow readers to empathize with the characters as they struggle to choose between right and wrong. Italian vocabulary is given throughout the novel and defined in the back, giving readers an excellent opportunity to enrich their knowledge of a different culture.
Two orphaned boys escape to Venice to avoid separation at the hands of evil relatives. While there, they join a rag-tag group of street urchins living in an abandoned theatre under the leadership of the mysterious Thief Lord. When a detective hired by the boys' relatives discovers the kids, they enter into a struggle to retain their happy lives-- and deal with the true identity of the Thief Lord. Their safety may depend on a magical old merry-go-round, but first they have to find it . . .
Part fairy tale, part friendship story, this book was very engaging and fun to read. The kids are easy to root for, and are "real" enough to capture the attention of readers who normally don't like fantasies.
When you first start reading this book the villian is kind of hard to identify with, because we arent sure if he is a villian or a good guy. his transition from being the villian to hero is quite interesting it shows that not every persons feelings are set in stone and sometimes people will do what is right just for the sake of doing what is right.
The object of the story changes halfway through. which means that the whole story changes. through much laughter, and consternation at the scarey aunt we are taken to a new place an Island of a magic lion with wings. I liked this half of the book better then the first, but I think that just has to do with my appeal towards fantasy. I would still recomend this book to anyone out for an adventure, or anyone who ever ran away from home and didnt make it. read the story of someone who did.
This book was a very good book and was always filled with lots of action and suspence. Though I did not like the ending it is still a book worth reading. Set in Venice, it takes you on a journey about a boy and his gang of friend who all live in a abandoned theatre. Defintly a book for someone who love a great fantasy and action book!
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