Bookjumper Summer Reading Series

Book-Jumper Summer Reading Series: The Thief Lord Book Review & Activities

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Welcome to Week Seven of The Book-Jumper Summer Reading Series!

This series is my way of inspiring parents who are looking for creative ways to keep their kids reading this summer. All of the books I am jumping into feature protagonists are girls or women and most of our showcased authors are women as well. I will be offering up a combination of themed weeks, great novels, booklist giveaways, and blog post recaps so be sure and stop by to discover more wonderful ways have A Bookjumper Summer while Exploring Our World and Beyond!

Book-Jumper summer Reading

This week we are celebrating the writing of Cornelia Funke in her Inkheart series. A little while ago we jumped into another one of her splendid novels called The Thief Lord. Her writing style is so inventive. No one book matches another and each one is unique unto itself. If you’ve enjoyed Inkheart, I know you’ll enjoy this one too. Happy Reading

We’ve just finished a very adventurous read by Cornelia Funke called The Thief Lord. Set in Venice, Italy, this magical tale took us on a whirlwind visit to a mysterious and unknown destination.

From Goodreads:

Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious character who calls himself the “Thief Lord.” Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo relish being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own. And soon the boys are thrust into circumstances that will lead them, and readers, to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion.

This coming of age story places the idea of Identity smack dab in the middle of this adventure. Who are we? How does one see themselves and how are we perceived? What masks do we wear? And what dreams do we hope to fulfill. Our journey took us deeper into the ideas around family and friendship, loyalty and trust, adoption, Venice, Italy, and the mystery of Carnevale/ Carnival .

I highly suggest adding this wonderful book to your Book-Jumper Summer Reading booklist!

Reminder: Don’t forget about our Wildwood Chronicles 3-Book Giveaway that will be ending this week!! Head over to that post ASAP and get entered! Good Luck. 🙂

Somethings To Do :

 Venetian Masks : Make Your Own Venetian Mask

 

Carnevale/Carnival:

Discover Carnevale 2012

From the Author:

Visit Cornelia Funke’s website

Cornelia’s ABC’s: Happy browsing through Cornelia’s very personal dictionary. Find out astounding and amusing facts about her life and work. Our ABC will gradually grow, so drop in here now and then.

Cornelia’s List of books and audiobooks: All her books that have been translated into English so far. Here they are. Hopefully something for every taste.

Discover Italy:

Fun Facts About Italy. Bet You Didn’t Know from Life in Italy

Italy facts from Kids World Travel Guide

Speak Italian:

Basic Italian Phrases from Fodors Travel

Eat Like a Venetian

Ravioli

Pizza

Gelato

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I was given a copy of this book for this for review. The opinions expressed are purely my own.

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