The Thief Lord
by Cornelia Funke
Prosper and Bo are two incredibly resourceful orphans. When they discover that their aunt wants to separate them, the brothers make their way to Venice, Italy, and find adventure and a new life. Living in an abandoned movie theater with three other children, Prosper and Bo are introduced to the mysterious world of the Thief Lord. Stealing from some of the wealthiest homes in Venice, the Thief Lord takes care of the children, letting them have the money he earns and using them to help prepare for robberies. But things start to unravel when a detective starts looking for Prosper and Bo, and nothing is as it seems. Magic creeps in unexpectedly, altering the lives of all the characters forever.This is a great story about childhood adventures with lots of surprises along the way.