Cornelia Funke was
born 1958 in Dorsten, Westphalia. Although she is one of Germany''s
best-selling children's book authors, she was relatively unknown in
the United States until The Chicken House, whose books are published
by Scholastic in the United States, published The Thief Lord
in September 2002. The Chicken House's publisher and managing
director, Barry Cunningham, received a letter from a bilingual
(English and German) young girl living in England, who wanted to
know why her favorite author wasn't published in English. Barry set
about the task of tracking down the latest title from Cornelia
Funke, Herr Der Diebe. When he published its English
translation, The Thief Lord, it immediately entered the New
York Times bestseller list where it climbed to the #2 position in
Funke lives near Hamburg, Germany with her husband Rolf, her daughter, Anna, and her son, Ben.
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