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Splendors and Glooms

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Splendors and Glooms
Written by Laura Amy Schlitz
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9780763653804
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Splendors and Glooms

author: Laura Amy Schlitz

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 Grisiniís 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 ó adoring parents, warmth, and plenty to eat. In fact, Claraís 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 Claraís whereabouts, Lizzie and Parse uncover Grisiniís criminal past and wake up to his evil intentions. Fleeing London, they find themselves caught in a trap set by Grisiniís ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before itís too late.

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

Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz brings her sorcery to a Victorian gothic thriller ó an enthralling, darkly comic tale that would do Dickens proud.
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Middle-grade Novel / Hardback
age range:
10 yrs - 14 yrs
# of pages/size:
400 / 6" x 8 1/2"
grade range:
Grade 5 - Grade 9
Family; Fantasy & Magic; Toys, Dolls & Puppets;
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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