Splendors and Glooms

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Splendors and Glooms
Written by Laura Amy Schlitz
Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0763669261
ISBN-13: 9780763669263
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Splendors and Glooms

author: Laura Amy Schlitz

Laura Amy Schlitzís Newbery HonorĖwinning Victorian gothic is a rich banquet of dark comedy, scorching magic, and brilliant and bewitching storytelling. Clara Wintermute, the only child of a wealthy doctor, is spellbound by the master puppeteer Grisiniís act and invites him to entertain at her birthday party. Seeing his chance to make a fortune, Grisini accepts. When Clara vanishes that night, suspicion of kidnapping falls upon the puppeteer and, by association, his orphaned assistants Lizzie Rose and Parsefall. Fleeing London, Lizzie and Parse find themselves caught in a trap set by Grisiniís ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before itís too late.

"A brooding, Dickensian novel with a touch of fantasy and a glimmer of hope. . . . As mysterious and timeless as a fairy tale." ó Booklist (starred review)
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0763669261 /  9780763669263
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Middle-grade Novel / Paperback
age range:
10 yrs - 14 yrs
# of pages/size:
400 / 6" x 8 1/2"
grade range:
Grade 5 - Grade 9
Toys, Dolls, Puppets; Fantasy & Magic; Historical; Social Issues; Family;
author’s comments:
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 Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama; The Night Fairy, illustrated by Angela Barrett; and other books for children. She lives in Maryland.
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