Winter has come early to Venice. Two orphaned children are on the run, hiding among the crumbling canals and misty alleyways of the city.
Befriended by a gang of street children and their mysterious leader, the Thief Lord, they shelter in an old, disused cinema.
On their trail is a bungling detective, obsessed with disguises and the health of his pet tortoises.
But a greater threat to the boys' new-found freedom is something from a forgotten past - a beautiful magical treasure with the power to spin time itself.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
- Publication Date: 05/02/2000
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9781905294213
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Review by lions32
When kids abbandon their old homes or have nobody to help teach them right from wrong they turn to thievery... I reccommend this book to anyone who loves to read about adventure. Takes place in Italy
Review by heathersblue
Funke is a fantastic storyteller. The characters in her novel are from all sorts of off bits of life and by the end we end up feeling sympathic for very nearly all. I love the way the lines between "us" versus "them" of children and adults blur...literally and figuratively...
Review by laf
This book is about two children who run away to Venice, Italy. I didn't care for the story because there wasn't that much action, and it was extremely unimaginative. It was too realistic. I didn't like it because there wasn't any fantasy in it at all. There are a lot of runaway children in the world, and this seems to be a story about two of them. All in all, I say you should not read this book because it's extremenely boring.
Review by sirfurboy
This book was a good adventure in a wonderful setting. Part of the main plot appears to be borrowed from Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes", but this is a very different story.It should be enjoyable to younger readers, although is not a children's book that is so transferable to adults I think. It nevertheless remains a delightful romp with plenty of action, adventure and intrigue.
Review by ruthaly
An amazing childrens book.You should read it
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