Loving The Thief Lord
The Thief Lord
Author: Cornelia Funke
Publisher/Date: Scholastic/ 2001
Length: 345 pages
Recommended reading age: 7-11
In Cornelia Funke’s The Thief Lord, the author introduces readers to the spectacular city of Venice, Italy, where magical things happen before your very eyes. This is where two young runaway brothers, Prosper and Bo, embark on an adventure they—and you—will never forget.
The two young orphans run away to Venice when their heinous aunt and uncle limit their freedom to about the size of a dust particle. There, they join a group of other orphaned street kids: Riccio, Mosca, and Hornet.
The street children are led by a mysterious and cunning boy, Scipio, who names himself “The Thief Lord.” However, Scipio hides a shocking truth from his friends, which leds Prosper and Bo through a series of twists and turns, changing their lives forever.
This story is more than an exciting plot. It includes a message hidden between the lines.
Funke focuses on family. Scipio, or the Thief Lord, resembles a father figure in most of this story. He manages to find a home for all his friends and he makes enough money for them to live comfortably.
Additionally, the five other street kids act like siblings to one another. This family love between all six of them makes their bond much stronger.
You’ll also meet other characters that strengthen this bond as well as characters who will try to loosen it. Funke’s message to her readers is that friends and family will always be there for you, no matter how far away they may seem.
The Thief Lord is definitely a novel worth reading and I promise you that you will never regret picking it up.
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