Published: New York : Scholastic, 2002 Edition: [Various editions] Description: 349 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm ISBN/ISSN: 0439404371 :, 043942089X, Language: English
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2002 by The Chicken House"--P. 
"Original German edition published c2000 by Cecilie Dressler Verlag, Hamburg, Germany."--P. 
Winner of the 2003 Mildred L. Batchelder Award
Also published: New York : Scholastic, 2003 (349 p.)
Two brothers, having run away from the aunt who plans to adopt the younger one, are sought by a detective hired by their aunt, but they have found shelter with--and protection from--Venice's "Thief Lord."