When newly orphaned brothers Prosper and Bo escape to Venice, they survive by joining the enigmatic thief lord, and his gang of street children.
Immensely popular and award winning, this fantasy for kids has humor, unexpected twists, mystery, adventure, and interesting characters. It also has obscure moral boundaries. The heroes are runaways who pick pocket, burglarize, kidnap, bear false witness, and commit assault and fraudulent acts of impersonation. Most kids would probably enjoy the book, but what are they coming away with? Lying, stealing, and making sure others get their dues are all acceptable behavior as long as it serves the greater good.