If you liked Thief Lord...
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  • Black Hearts in Battersea, by Joan Aikens.
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  • Eva Ibbotson's books are fun and magical.
  • Hoot by Carl Hiassen (because it's about a child surviving on his own with the help of friends)
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  • Maniac Magee by Spinelli
  • Nightbirds on Nantucket by Joan Aikens.
  • Peter Pan by Barrie
  • Stravaganza by Mary Hoffman (set in Venice)
  • The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
  • The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Farmer (about kids surviving on their wits after being kidnapped and about the entertaining and well-developed private eye characters who search for them)
  • The Golden Compass series by Pullman also has a youth vs. adult theme and lots of adventure with children as the protagonists.
  • The Half Magic series by Eager (about children having adventures on their own with an element of magic incorporated into the story)
  • The Sands of Time.
  • The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo.
  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  • Time Stops for No Mouse by Michael Hoeye.
  • Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aikens.