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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Thief Lord (The)
by Cornelia Funke
Age Range: 9-11
Two orphaned children, Prosper and Bo, are on the run, hiding amongst the labyrinth of crumbling canals and misty alleyways of Venice. Befriended by a gang of street children and their mysterious leader, the Thief Lord, they shelter in an old, disused cinema. On the boys’ trail is a bungling detective, obsessed with disguises, who has been hired by their neurotic aunt to find them. The
boys are drawn into a different world of street life, comradeship and adventure as they try to outwit their pursuers. However, when the Thief Lord discovers something from a forgotten past – a mysterious power that can spin time itself
– this poses an even greater threat to the two boys.
This is an exciting and atmospheric thriller by international best-selling author, Cornelia Funke. It is a compelling tale, rich in ingenious twists with a zany plot and well-defined characters. Oliver Latsch’s translation was shortlisted for the 2005 Marsh Award for Literature in Translation.
(Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation, Milet, 2005)