The Thief Lord
After escaping from their cruel aunt and uncle, orphans Prosper and Bo meet a mysterious boy who calls himself the "Thief Lord." Clever and charming, The Thief Lord leads a band of street children who enjoy making mischief. But the Thief Lord also has a dark secret. And suddenly Prosper and Bo find themselves on a fantastical journey to a forgotten place. What they discover there will change the course of their destiny... forever.
The Thief Lord is written by Cornelia Funke and is definitely one of her best books. I read this book over the summer and could not put it down. It has a very intriguing plot that is not only mysterious but also very clever. It has won many awards including New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Bestseller, Book Sense Book of the Year Award, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and is a winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder Award.
This book is about two young brothers named Prosper and Bo who run away from their horrid aunt and end up in Venice Italy. They are forced to fend for themselves living on the streets. They begin to worry about their own survival and are in greatly need of help when the Thief Lord shows up and gives them an offer they can't refuse. Prosper and Bo ends up joining the Thief Lord and his gang of street children who tend to get into a lot of trouble.
The Thief Lord gets his name from the fact that he steals so that the others can survive. He is very mysterious and the gang doesn't know as much as they think they do about him. He has a truly dark secret that if ever found out would change everyone's lives including Prosper and Bo's.
This story is filled with adventure and fantasy. It is also now a movie that I would love to see. It is one of my favorite books by one of my favorite author's and I completely adored reading it. I hope if you ever get the chance to read this book you will find it as amazing as I did.
There were several things I enjoyed about this book. I liked the adventure the two lead characters, Prosper and Bo went on together. How they watched over each other. I thought the character of the thief lord was a clever idea. A street boy who claims to be and is the leader to a bunch of street kids. He makes all the kids think he is just like all them. However, in a surprising twist, you find he is not at all like the street kids. I loved that whole premise.
My favorite part was the merry-go-round. The way the writer described it made it so real. The fact that the kids had to find the missing part that made it run was cool. What the merry-go-round does is even more amazing and truly magical.
I loved the idea, the characters and it kept me interested.
It is a great book for 3rd grade up Funke has done it again. The story board was amazing. 5 thumbs up.
GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.....................FUNKE IS AMMMMMAZING
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.
I adored this book! Best book ever! When I read it I felt like
I was in the book with Prosper and Bo. I could seen every little thing in my mind! I'm reading it again for the second time and it feels like coming home. I most say Mrs. Funke is very talented. If you like adventure or mystery you will surely love this book!
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.
Throughout the book you stay curius and wanting to read more and more. At the beginning you get a suspicious feeling about the Thief Lord. So you stay reading to figure it out. Once you do, you just can't stop reading because it is so good. But part of the best part is the fact it takes place in Venice. It is so interesting and you get a feeling that you are there with them while you are reading. The author knows how to keep you on your toes.
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.
In my opinion this book was very disppointing. I got myself woked up for a bit I really didn't enjoy. Most of the time while I was reading it I was really taking in the story, I was just reading the letters. I'm not saying this book is horrible and that no one should read it... I'm saying I didn't like it. You can like it if you want to.
the theif lord was a good book because it was very real. so that when they bring in magic it isn't hard to believe. i love fantasy so i liked this book.
its about these two kids prosper and bo who are running from their aunt who only wants to keep bo because he's still small and cute. then they meet this boy who calls himself the theif lord. he takes them to this old abondoned movie theater where they meet other runaways or orfans like themselfs.
i really liked this story if you havent read it you should.