Cornelia Funke is German; her books are originally published in that language, and are translated for the English market. Her most famous novel is undoubtedly Inkheart, which has been made into a movie, starring Brendan Frasier. The third book in that trilogy, Inkdeath, was released in English last October. Apparently she actually lives in Los Angeles. Her first book that was translated was titled Dragon Rider; it hit the top of the New York Times Bestseller list. This novel hit the #2 slot on that esteemed list and has sold one and a half million copies. It was apparently made into a film as well, but that completely escaped my notice until I hit Wikipedia today.

Bo(niface) and Prosper are a pair of young brothers, recently orphaned, who were supposed to live with an aunt and uncle in Germany, but who ran away to Venice (their mother’s favorite city). There, they were fortunately found by Scipio, a young teenager who has styled himself the Thief Lord. They live, along with a few other characters, in an abandoned movie theatre. Victor Getz is the PI that the aunt and uncle have hired to find them. However, Prosper and Bo have, with Scipio and the others, been making a living as petty thieves. They are eventually hired to find a particular item — an item that will complete a magical object of some interest and some danger on an island. Will they get caught? Or will Victor stop them first? (more…)