13 December 2010
Funke, Cornelia. The Thief Lord. New York: Scholastic Inc., 2000. 345
A3. The Thief Lord is about two brothers, who live with their aunt and uncle. When Esther and Max want to adopt Bo after their mother's death so the boys decide to run away to Venice, Italy. The boys arrive in Venice and are taken in by four other orphans: Hornet, Riccio, Mosca, and their mysterious leader, Scipio, or "The Thief Lord." The children survive by selling the things that Scipio steals from wealthy houses to an old shopkeeper, Ernesto Barbarossa. Prosper and Bo settle in to their new life; unbeknown to them, however, Esther and Max have deduced that they are in Venice, and they enlist the services of Victor Getz, a detective, to retrieve them. Meanwhile, Barbarossa tells the children about one of his clients that needs someone to procure (steal) something for him. The Thief Lord accepts the job and meets the client, who is called The Conte, in a confessional with the others. They find out that the object they are to steal is a wooden wing and that they are to steal it from the home of a wealthy photographer named Ida Spavento. If they manage to steal it, they will receive five million lire. While Mosca, Prosper, and the Thief Lord are inside the confessional talking to the Conte, Riccio, Hornet, and Bo wait outside. Victor, who had run into Prosper earlier, follows the children and distracts Bo in order to get more information about where the children are staying. He persuades Bo to tell him his name and that he lives in an abandoned movie theatre. When the others see Bo talking to Victor, Victor escapes, but watches the kids as they enter a store. Hornet follows Victor and creates a distraction by pretending that Victor was trying to kidnap and hurt her while the others escape back to the movie theatre. Hornet manages to steal Victor's wallet and the children find out that Victor is a detective and is searching for Prosper and Bo. As Victor...
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