The Thief Lord, Paperback
4 out of 5 (8 ratings)


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:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9781905294213



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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

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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...

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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.

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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.

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An amazing childrens book.You should read it

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