UK: Chicken House, (2002). 190343470X. 348 pp. Small 8vo. Red cloth. Book in fine condition. / Jacket also fine. Item #213
The Thief Lord is about two brothers called Prosper and Bo who have run away from home because their mum has died and their horrible aunt only wants the younger boy and plans to send the older one to boarding school. They escape to Venice - a place their mother had told them magical stories about. When they get there, they are taken in by a gang of homeless children. The gang live in a special hideout in an old cinema, and are looked after by a boy who calls himself the Thief Lord, but will they be safe forever? . . . .Their story continues with: a greedy junk shop owner, a broken wooden wing, a mysterious robbery a kind detective, a big secret, a brave and warm-hearted lady and a lost, magical merry-go-round.