|aThe Thief Lord /|cCornelia Funke ; [English translation, Oliver Latsch]
|aNew York :|bScholastic,|c2003, c2000
|a349 p. :|bill, map ;|c20 cm.
|a"FIrst published in the United Kingdom in 2002 by The Chicken House"--P. 
|a"Includes After words bonus features"--Cover
|aEscaping the aunt who wants to adopt only one of them, two orphanedbrothers run away from Hamburg to Venice, finding shelter with a gangof street children and their leader, the thirteen-year-old "Thief Lord," while also eluding the detective hired to return them to Germany
Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious thirteen-year-old who calls himself the “Thief Lord.“ Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo delight in being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own. Soon the boys are thrust into circumstances that will lead them to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion.Winner of the 2000 Zurich Children’s Book Award and the 2001 Children’s Book Award from the Vienna House of Literature.