The Thief Lord is by Cornelia Funke. Two orphan boys run away to Venice to escape their evil aunt after the death of their parents. They join a community of street urchins living in an abandoned theatre and looked after by the mysterious "Thief Lord". When their aunt and uncle arrive in Venice and set a detective on their trail, a mysterious series of events is set in motion that will change all their lives forever. A totally delightful story for boys and girls.
Ratings: 7th grade - 9 out of 10.