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The Thief Lord

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The Thief Lord
The Thief Lord
By: Aashima, Alan, Destiny


Prosper and Boniface (Bo) ran away from their aunt Esther Hartlieb’s house and came to Venice. Esther appoints a detective named Victor Getz to find them. The brothers meet Hornet and she takes them to the Star Palace (an old movie theatre) where they now live with Mosca and Riccio. Scipio Massimo (The Thief Lord) takes care of them.

Rising Action

The group survives by stealing stuff and selling it to a dealer named Barbarossa. He introduces the group to the Conte and the Conte hires Scipio for stealing a treasured wooden wing from Ida Spavento’s house. Victor go to the theatre and finds the brothers but kids capture him.

The group came to know that Scipio is not an orphan and he stole all the stuff from his own house. Ida Spavento catches the kids when they went to steal the wing but she decides to leave them. Scipio goes to the Conte to ride on the Merry-go-Round and he becomes an adult.

Falling Action
Barbarossa rides on the Merry-go-Round too and becomes a child. Now, he acts like a child too and becomes annoying. Ida Spavento gives everyone a choice to live with her.

Hornet, Prosper and Bo decide to stay with Ida. Mosca and Riccio decide to live on their own at Castello. Barbarossa gets adopted by Esther. Scipio starts working with Victor as a detective.

Literary Techniques
I think the theme of The Thief Lord is that everyone wants to belong somewhere.

This is because it seems throughout the story all of the main characters are looking for a place where they belong, and in the end, everyone finds a place where they belong; Scipio as a detective, Hornet, Prosper and Bo as ordinary children, and Riccio and Mosca in a new hideout living on their own.
To identify theme, after you are finished reading a book, try to sum up the book in one word. Then, turn that word into a message.
For The Thief Lord, I chose the word belonging or belong and stretched it into everyone wants to belong somewhere.
I chose Theme as the final literary technique to show because a theme holds the whole story together; the setting and the characters might change but the theme stays the same.

The canals, gleaming in the sun, dappled the ancient brickwork with gold.

This sentence shows excellent imagery, as the setting is described very well and you can picture it in your head easily.
Imagery is easily found, just find where the author describes a scene and you should be able to find it.
Imagery is very effective because it lets readers visualize the scene.
I chose to show us this technique because it is easy to use in your own writing, you can do it by just adding more descriptions.

“Who’s that on the wall?” Mosca grabbed Prosper’s arm. “I see two white figures.” “Those are statues,” Ida said soothingly. “Stone angels. Now they’re opening the gate.”

This part of the book shows symbolism, the stone angels representing real angels protecting the mansion on the island from evil spirits.
You can find symbolism when the author is using an item to represent something else, sometimes more in-depth than this example, such as using a brick to represent strength or a the sun for hope or happiness.
Symbolism is effective because it adds additional layers of meaning to the text.
I chose to show this technique because it is commonly used in literature and it is important to understand to get the full meaning of the text.
A- Grand Canal
B- Barbarossa’s shop
C- Star Palace
D- The Conte’s meeting place
E- Doge’s Palace
F- Ida Spavento’s house

* Isola Segreta means Secret Island in Italian and is actually not a real place.

Life skills
Many of the problems the friends face (such as Bo stubbornly wanting to go to the exchange with The Conte) happen in real life, and the friends in The Thief Lord solve all of the problems.
You can learn from the kids in The Thief Lord by seeing how they solve these problems.

Cornelia Funke has become one of today’s most beloved writers of magical stories for children, and has sold millions of copies of books worldwide.
Other than The Thief Lord, she has also written the famous Inkheart trilogy among a lot of other picture books and novels in both English and German.
The Thief Lord and the Inkheart trilogy were so popular they were turned into movies.


Here are some reviews regarding The Thief Lord.

“An exquisitely told tale of adventure and intrigue... displays the kind of zest that makes you inhale an book in as few sittings as possible” -USA Today

“A darn good yarn- the charming tale of a band of urchin-thieves, a magical carousel and two orphaned brothers.” -Newsweek

“A radiant novel… splendid!” – The New York Times Book Review

“Funkes deft exploration of a timeless theme – the longing of kids to grow up and of grown ups to relive their youth- should engage both young and old.” –School Library Journal, starred review

“A fantasy/mystery/adventure, all rolled into one spellbinding story.” - Kirkus reviews, starred review

“A masterly work” –The Gaurdian

“The Venetian setting is ripe for mystery, and the city’s alleys and canals ratchet up the suspense in chase scenes” –Publishers weekly

New York Times Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller
Book Sense Bestseller
New York Times Notable Book
ALA Notable Book
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Child Magazine Best Book of the Year
Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year

Winner of the 2003 Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding translated book
Winner of the Zurich Children’s Book Award
Winner of the Book Award from the Vienna House of Literature
Winner of the Swiss Youth Literature Award

Learn About Venice
The whole story takes place in Venice, and the setting is extremely descriptive, letting you learn about Venice.
Almost all the places in the book are real places or are described in location around a real place in Venice. (This is how I was able to find the places for the Bonus)
Throughout the book, some common Italian words and phrases are used and can help you understand simple Italian.
At the end of the book there is a list of all the Italian words used, letting you review or find out what the words meant.

Favourite Characters
My favourite characters are Bo and Riccio.

Bo was developed to be very stubborn which I can relate to because I am also very stubborn in some cases.

My way of thinking is the same as Riccio's; "Why dont we just chuck him into the canal? I mean, why was he snooping around here anyway?"

Another one of my favourite characters was Ida Spavento because she was extremely nice to the point where she was just handing things over to thieves because she felt bad for them.

- Character or force that holds the action back
- Character who wants something in opposition to the protagonist
- Usually seen as a bad person/force or villain

Max and Esther Hartlieb (Prosper and Bo's evil aunt/uncle) are the antagonists.


- Central character
- Person on whom action centers
- Character who pushes the action forward
- Character who attempts to accomplish something
- Usually seen as a good person or hero/heroine
- Usually round and dynamic

Prosper is the protagonist in The Thief Lord.

- Character that is instantly recognizable because of the stereotype
- Somebody who plays a role but has no personality that is important to the story

The lady that told Esther about the sighting of Prosper and Bo is a stock character. There are no stereotyped characters in The Thief Lord.
A well-developed character who has any traits both good and bad. He/she is not easily defined
because the author described and explains the character and their past. Round characters are
realistic. They are also most major characters.

The round characters in the Thief Lord are Prosper, Bo and Victor.
Not well-developed and easily defined in a single sentence because the author doesn’t explain
much about the character. These characters are sometimes stereotyped and are minor characters.

There are no Flat characters in The Thief Lord.
This character changes in the book because of the events that happened. A dynamic character is usually the protagonist, but not always.

The dynamic characters in the Thief Lord are Victor, Barbarossa and Scipio
Static characters remain the same throughout the book and don’t change, even when the events
occur. This characters are usually the minor characters, but not always.

The static characters in the Thief Lord are Hornet, Esther, Mosca and Riccio.
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