Synopsis: Two orphaned brothers, Prosper and Bo, have run away to Venice, where crumbling canals and misty alleyways shelter a secret community of street urchins. Leader of this motley crew of lost children is a clever, charming boy with a dark history of his own: He calls himself the Thief Lord. Propser and Bo relish their new "family" and life of petty crime. But their cruel aunt and a bumbling detective are on their trail. And posing an even greater threat to the boys' freedom is something from a forgotten past: a beautiful magical treasure with the power to spin time itself.
Why We'd Recommend It: When I think about my younger years, The Thief Lord comes to mind. Written by one of my favorite authors, Cornelia Funke, when my third-grade-teacher recommended this to me, I found it hard to resist. Just read the synopsis and you'll see why. Ever since this book, I've been obsessed with writing stories that take place in Europe - especially Italy. The story grabs you right in from the start and doesn't let go until you get to the mind-blowing end. Truly an incredible book that I've probably reread about a thousand times by now. But don't take my word for it. Go and read it yourself!