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Splendors and Glooms


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ISBN13: 9780763669263
ISBN10: 0763669261
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Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz brings her sorcery to a Victorian gothic thriller — an enthralling, darkly comic tale that would do Dickens proud.

The master puppeteer, Gaspare Grisini, is so expert at manipulating his stringed puppets that they appear alive. Clara Wintermute, the only child of a wealthy doctor, is spellbound by Grisini’s act and invites him to entertain at her birthday party. Seeing his chance to make a fortune, Grisini accepts and makes a splendidly gaudy entrance with caravan, puppets, and his two orphaned assistants.

Lizzie Rose and Parsefall are dazzled by the Wintermute home. Clara seems to have everything they lack — adoring parents, warmth, and plenty to eat. In fact, Clara’s life is shadowed by grief, guilt, and secrets. When Clara vanishes that night, suspicion of kidnapping falls upon the puppeteer and, by association, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall.

As they seek to puzzle out Clara’s whereabouts, Lizzie and Parse uncover Grisini’s criminal past and wake up to his evil intentions. Fleeing London, they find themselves caught in a trap set by Grisini’s ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it’s too late.

Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz’s Victorian gothic is a rich banquet of dark comedy, scorching magic, and the brilliant and bewitching storytelling that is her trademark.

About the Author

Laura Amy Schlitz is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village, illustrated by Robert Byrd; A Drowned Maidens Hair: A Melodrama; The Night Fairy, illustrated by Angela Barrett; and other books for children. She lives in Maryland.

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Ellen Etc, January 29, 2014 (view all comments by Ellen Etc)
Cons: Poverty and wealth, hunger and feasting, cruelty, torture, revenge. How dangerous the world has been for children without the protection of a sponsor (especially girl orphans), where one can be the virtual slave of whomever feeds you …

Pros: Orphans, Victorian grieving rituals, heartbroken parents, heartbroken children, witches and magicians, puppet shows and mausoleums! Sibling loyalty, companion dogs, magic and marionettes! A grand frozen enchanted estate, Tarot and The Tower, love, courage and will, evil and forgiveness, and children bound together as a fated family …

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Schlitz, Laura Amy
Candlewick Press (MA)
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
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fantasy;magic;puppets;orphans;fiction;historical;witches;historical fiction;england;victorian;mystery;newbery honor;kidnapping;gothic;ya;fairy tale;london;historical fantasy;family;children;friendship;newbery;adventure;death;young adult
fantasy;puppets;magic;orphans;fiction;witches;historical;england;historical fiction;kidnapping;victorian;mystery;london;gothic;newbery honor;ya;fairy tale;friendship;death;young adult;historical fantasy;family;children;kids;adventure;newbery
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Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
8.5 x 6.19 x 1.1 in 0.87 lb
Age Level:
from 9 up to 12

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