The Thief Lord

by Cornelia Funke | Teens |
ISBN: 1903434777 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Lottiotta of Aberdovey, Wales United Kingdom on 1/1/2009
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7 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Lottiotta from Aberdovey, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, January 01, 2009
I bought this in a charity shop after seeing the movie and not enjoying it very much - I didn't want to condemn it until I'd read the book! I must admit, I really enjoyed it. The movie just didn't convey the rich mythology, the love between Prosper and his younger brother Bo, the twists and turns...

You even learn a little Italian along the way, as it's used a bit in dialogue and there's a dictionary on the last few pages.

It's a gentle but fun and dangerous adventure story, great for reading aloud to kids but a lot of fun for adults who're young at heart. I loved every page, and I'm starting a bookring with it so you can enjoy it too. :)

Blurb from
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.

Wonderful. An exciting and richly atmospheric thriller told in the best storytelling tradition by a bestselling international children’s author.

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    1. AgnesXNitt, UK (can post within EU)
    2. DitteL, Denmark (prefers EU postage)
    3. bensch, Germany
    4. hakkalina, Hungary (can post Intl)
    5. Neuilly, US (prefers US/Canada postage)
      <-- Bookray is complete!

Journal Entry 2 by Lottiotta from Aberdovey, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Posted second class to AgnesXNitt some time last week. It's taking a while, I hope it gets there soon!

Journal Entry 3 by AgnesXNitt from Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Sunday, January 18, 2009
Apologies, sorry, please forgive me. I got this book in the post sometime last week but I've been away from home on a course down in Portsmouth so only just got to a computer to register it's arrival.
Started reading, quite good so far.
Thanks to Lottiotta for hosting this one! BTW my sainted brother - currently struck with man flu - is having another Manga sort out. Do you want to be kept posted as to what he's letting me have?

Journal Entry 4 by AgnesXNitt from Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 20, 2009
A pleasant enough read for a children's novel and an interesting enough idea for the modern child reader. Not thrilling enough to make me want to see the film though.
Thanks for hosting this one Lottiotta :) I'll keep you posted on my brother's Manga reshuffle ;)
PM'd DitteL yesterday, she sent me her addy and I've post this book off today from RAF Wyton Post office to catch the 5pm post today.

Journal Entry 5 by DitteL from Næstved, Storstrøms Amt Denmark on Monday, January 26, 2009
The book arrived today. I watched the movie last week and hope that the book is better.

Thanks for sharing Lottiotta and thanks for sending it to me and for the beautiful postcard AgnesXNitt

Journal Entry 6 by DitteL from Næstved, Storstrøms Amt Denmark on Thursday, February 05, 2009
I've just finish reading and my first comment must be that the book is better than the movie. On the other hand, even though it's a lovely story I didn't find it difficult to put the book down as the story never got really excting. Maybe that's because I've just seen the movie....

I've alrady got benschu's address and will post the book tomorrow.

Journal Entry 7 by DitteL at Frederiksberg, København Amt Denmark on Friday, February 06, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (2/6/2009 UTC) at Frederiksberg, København Amt Denmark



On its way to Germany.

Happy Reading

Journal Entry 8 by benschu from München, Bayern Germany on Monday, February 09, 2009
Thanks for sending, it arrived today.

Its a really nice story, a little bit fantastic, great.

Journal Entry 9 by benschu at on Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (5/20/2009 UTC) at



On its way to Hungary

Journal Entry 10 by hakkalina from Budapest, Pest Hungary on Monday, May 25, 2009
Hello Dears! Thanks benschu your posting.
The book arrived safely today! :)

Update: 2009.06.12.
I love it so much! Beautiful writing, an adventure. During the first part I felt the story took place in 19th of century, but not, the happenings are nowadays. There are many twists in it, I couldn't put it down, just read and read and read. I wouldn't have dared to sit on the magical roundabout. :)

*Vocabulary Notes*
merry-go-round/roundabout, to take his eyes off, housekeeper, air-mattrass, reed, to snarl, hostile, plaster, midget, bait, crafty, red-bearded, alley, ground plan, hideout, impassively raid, moth-eaten, fishing-rod, crooked, tongs, nostrils, I didn't mean it, to haggle, to chime, upholstered, impertinent

Journal Entry 11 by hakkalina at Budapest, Pest Hungary on Monday, June 22, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (6/23/2009 UTC) at Budapest, Pest Hungary



This book is on its way to Neuilly! (Goes by airmail)
Happy reading to you! :)

Journal Entry 12 by Neuilly from Brooklyn, New York USA on Monday, June 29, 2009
This book arrived in the mail today, thank you so much for adding me to the ring! I should be able to start it soon.

Ironically today I watched the movie "Inkheart" based on one of Funke's other novels. Small world!

Journal Entry 13 by Neuilly from Brooklyn, New York USA on Monday, July 13, 2009
Enjoyable, but not as good as her Inkheart series. It never seems to fully take off, and I thought it a bit jarring that the fantastical element suddenly shows up at the end of a 'realistic' tale. I really enjoyed the style of writing however, and the characters as well.

Journal Entry 14 by sothisdhampir from Fort Worth, Texas USA on Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Got today, thank you so much for it and the cute stickers! :)I should be able to read it within a few weeks, if not sooner.

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