By: Cornelia Funke Sydney Relihan Reading-Roche Class Period 3 3/27/2012
Cornelia Funke was born in Germany in 1958. She loved to read even at ayoung age. She started her career as a book illustrator but soon became the author ofher own books. She wanted to write books that would not only appeal to those wholoved to read, but also to inspire those who did not to read. Some of her most famousbooks are Dragon Rider, Inkheart, and Thief Lord. Cornelia now lives with her familyin Los Angeles California, continuing to write children’s fantasy novels.http://www.corneliafunkefans.com/en
The Thief Lord was about two young brothers, Prosper and Bo, who ran away from theircruel aunt and escaped to Venice, Italy. They encountered new friends, including Hornet, Riccio,Mosca, and the mysterious Thief Lord, who helped the brothers adapt to life on the streets ofVenice. When the Thief Lord was asked to steal a wooden wing once belonging to a magicalmerry-go-round, the group of friends worked together to save their movie theatre hideout andsteal the wing for their client. Through the help of their new friends, Detective Victor Genz, andIda Spavento, Prosper and Bo discovered the true identity of the Thief Lord, fixed the merry-go-round, and found a new family. What happened to the merry-go-round? Who was the ThiefLord? Read this novel to discover these answers and many more.
Prosper – Prosper was a twelve year old boy with dark hair. He was very protective of his younger brotherBo. He went with the Thief Lord to give the wooden carousel wing to the Conte and decided to live with IdaSpavento with Hornet and Bo.Bo – Bo was a five year old boy with very blond hair. He depended on and appreciated his brother verymuch even though he did not seem to sometimes.Thief Lord/Scipio Massimo – The Thief Lord was a boy who’s real name is Scipio. Scipio lied to his friendsby not telling them who he really was. His true identity was discovered by Victor and Scipio admitted hestole items for them from his house. With Prosper’s help, Scipio rode the magical carousel and turned into anadult.Ida Spavento- Ida Spavento was a lady who lived alone in a fancy house. She owned the wooden wing andwhen she caught the children trying to steal it, she decided to help them.Detective Victor Getz – Victor was a detective who was asked to search for Prosper and Bo in Venice. Hefound the brothers, but became their friend and helped the children find out the true identity of Scipio andprotected them from Prosper and Bo’s aunt.Hornet – Hornet was a thin, brown haired girl who wore her hair in a long, thin braid down her back. Shehelped Prosper and Bo to adapt to life in the streets of Venice. She was like a big sister to Bo, helping him andshowing him how to behave.
INTRODUCTIONVictor was asked by Prosper and Bo’s Aunt to look for the boys.CLIMAXfound Prosper and Bo in Venice and took them to meet Mosca, Riccio, and Scipio in the Star-Palace.HornetScipio and the other children both decided to steal the wing. Ida Spavento caught them and decided to help themfigure out why the Conte wanted the wing. Scipio and Prosper followed the Conte to his island home and Scipio rode aRISING ACTIONmagical merry-go-round ran aturned into an adult. BarbarossaLord turned into a kid but client. the merry-go-round.Barbarossa, a man who and shop in Venice, asked the Thief also to steal an item for a brokeScipio decided to take the job offered by Barbarossa.FALLING ACTION with his client, the mysterious Conte, who told him to steal a wooden wing from Ida Spavento’sThe Thief Lord metBarbarossa returned with Scipio and Prosper lived with Ida.house.Riccio and Mosca went unknowingly told him where he lived Prosper, friends.Bo talked to Victor and to live alone in a warehouse while Bo, with his and Hornet lived with Ida.Victor visited Dottore Massimo, a rich man who owned the old movie theatre the children were living in, and foundCONCLUSIONout that Scipio was his son.Ida tricked Prosper and Bo’s aunt into coming and locked up bytheir aunt took the little Barbarossa with her.Victor went to the Star-Palace and was caught to her house and the children.Scipio talked without the truth about Scipio and they decided a detective. wing themselves.The group found Victor and decided to work with Victor as to steal the
Imploringly- (v.) beg someone earnestly or desperately to do something: Riccio held out his handsimploringly. Page 243Ipecac- (n.) Traditional Brazilian plant used to induce vomiting in animals as well as humans: “Go andgive them some ipecac,” Renzo said to Morosina without taking his eyes off the redbeard. Page 283Louse- (n.) a small wingless parasitic insect that lives on the skin of mammals and birds: “I’m not oneof your silly little friends, you louse.“ Page 311Deliberation- (n.) long and careful consideration or discussion: Then Mosca said with a great deal ofdeliberation, “Boy Riccio, that was a real speech!” page 316Intuition- (n.) the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for consciousreasoning: “It was a sort of intuition.” page 342
Hornet: Chloe Grace Moretz Scipio Massimo: Nathan Gamble Getz: Matt Damon Detective VictorProsper: Asa Butterfield Bo: Oscar Steer Ida Spavento: Julie Bowen
I think the music A Smile Goes a Long Long Way, from the album Carousel Memories wouldbe perfect for the part in the story where Scipio rides the magical merry-go –round andturns into and adult. The song sounds exactly like the music you would hear on acarousel.carousel song
Final Rating: 4 ½ stars I would rate The Thief Lord 4 ½ stars out of 5 stars because it had anexciting plot, great characters, and many creative ideas. The only thing I didnot like about the novel was since it took place in Italy where the speak Italian,there were some Italian phrases that appeared occasionally and I hand no cluewhat they meant. It made it sometimes hard to understand parts ofconversations. One part of the book that I especially liked was that it kept meguessing what would happen next and I was sometimes surprised. Overall Ibelieve The Thief Lord was an outstanding book.