The Thief Lord Book Review

A few weeks ago, I took a load of books in to sell at Half-Price Books.  Surprisingly, I bought nothing for myself, but ended up with a great stack of books for Grace for only $12 and change.

Half-price book haul

I have my eye on a few of these books, but decided to start with Cornelia Funke’s The Thief Lord.  The city of Venice creates an enchanting backdrop for this delightful middle grade reader, which features a gang of orphaned misfit children.

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run.  Their mother recently passed away and their aunt is only interested in adopting the adorable and angelic Bo, who is just five years old.  Fearing that he will never see his brother again, twelve year old Prosper takes Bo and they flee to the enchanting city of Venice.  The two boys are rescued from the streets by another group of children who live in an abandoned movie theater.  The group of misfit children is taken care of by their leader 13 year old Scippio.  Scippio calls himself the Thief Lord and claims to steal from the city’s richest residents.

Prosper and Bo’s aunt hires private investigator Victor Getz to find the runaways.  Unaware of the lengths the children would go to to protect each other, Victor reluctantly agrees to take on the case.

Once Victor is on the case, the children’s already unstable lives are turned upside down.  The children feel a strong sense of betrayal when the Thief Lord’s true identity is discovered.  With a payout too good to be true, the children agree to take on one last heist.  

The Thief Lord is a book that is filled with mystery and adventure!  It is reminiscent of a Peter Pan tale, except in this story the hero wants nothing more than to grow up.  In the end, it is two adults who find themselves the unlikely heroes to the Thief Lord and his band of misfit orphans.

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