I read this in 6th grade, and it was a very good book. It is enjoyable and interesting. Prosper and his younger brother Bo run away to Venice, escaping from their mean aunt and uncle. A gang of homeless street kids take them in, led by Scipio, or the Thief Lord. He is only thirteen, but he acts like an adult, and is a leader to the other kids. Hornet, the only girl in the group, is one of my favorite characters because she loves to read and is just really nice. The ending was surprising, but kind of disappointing because Barbarossa ruined everything. He originally was a minor, annoying character, but he became very important toward the end of the book. Other than him, the other characters were good, and overall, I really enjoyed this book. However, since it's not one of my favorites or anything, I don't want to give it any more than three stars. But I still recommend it. It's a very decent, good book and I enjoyed it. Hopefully you will too!