The Thief Lord by Cornelia FunkeThe Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

The Thief Lord

byCornelia FunkeIllustratorChristian Birmingham

Paperback | May 1, 2010

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Two orphaned brothers, Prosper and Bo, have run away to Vencie, where crumbling canals and misty alleyways shelter a secret community of street urchins. Leader of this motley crew of lost children is a clever, charming boy with a dark history of his own. He calls himself the Thief Lord.Prosper and Bo relish their new "family" and life of petty crime. But their curel aunt and a bumbling detective are on their trail. And posing an even greater threat to the boys' freedom is something from a forgotten past: a beautiful magical treasure with the power to spin time itself.
Cornelia Funke is one of today's most beloved writers of magical stories for children. Her bestselling movels include The Thief Lord, Dragon Rider, Inkheart, and Inkspell. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, California in a house filled with books. Visit her at
Title:The Thief LordFormat:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 7.57 × 5.27 × 0.85 inPublished:May 1, 2010Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545227704

ISBN - 13:9780545227704

Appropriate for ages: 8


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this as a kid A story about kids on their own in Venice, a magical adventure of petty thievery, brotherhood, and childhood. A great little story suitable for all ages.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Absolutely Magical! I really enjoyed this book! I remember loving the movie as a kid, so I decided to go back and read the novel, and it was just as magical! Great characters and family dynamic, and it was super easy to fly through. I would highly recommend! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites! I LOVED this novel as a child. A ragtag group of kids up to no good on the streets of Venice, what could be better??
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Thief Lord A great standalone book by her. Interesting.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from super good gift for pre teens i read this when i was much younger and recently bought it for my sister. such adventure and friendship!
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charming I would consider this a children's book, even though it is a few hundred pages long. Still, I would recommend this to older audiences as well. It was read to my 4th grade class and I loved it then and still do now.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved It! I read this a while ago and couldn't really get into it, but it wasn't until recently that I re-visited it and I definitely found a new appreciation for it!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a gorgeous tale I love the children in this story, and the merry go round was unexpected. It added the perfect amount of magic to the tale. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical Characters were lively and the boys' adventures really drew me in. Great for children and adults alike.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Child Thieves, Mysteries and Venice As a 10 year old this story captivated me in every way. There was the magic of Venice, the mystery of the thief lord and above all a band of thieves - that really appealed to my young rebellious self. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic Favourite for Kids & Adults! I read it when I was a teenager, and I absolutely loved it. A delightful mixture of mystery and magical realism. The movie is even admirable as well!
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! One of my favourite books by Cornelia Funke. Fairy tale meets harsh reality. The characters are all so quirky and charming! You can't go wrong reading this book.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was one of my favourite books! This was one of my favourite books as a kid! I still reread it sometimes!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! Delightful for children or adults alike, and full of constant twists and mysteries.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thief lord A really great book not just for children
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This is hands down one of my favourite books from my childhood. I read it when I was in fifth grade and I love it - it stays with me today. Any time I have to buy a book for a child around that age it is always either this or Harry Potter. The characters are ones you root for and the plot is unpredictable. Great novel.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite children's books I had a copy of this book when I was younger -- I lost it in a move and it took me a year to track down another copy exactly like my original. There's something so incredibly magical about this book, and I absolutely LOVED Prosper!! Favourite character EVER!
Date published: 2016-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Its one of my favorite books
Date published: 2013-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thief Lord A wonderful book that pleased the child within with adventures of brave, resourceful children who face their trials with valor and ingenuity.
Date published: 2013-10-19