Splendors And Glooms (booklist Editor's Choice. Books For Youth (awards))
- Number of Pages: 400
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
WINNER OF A 2013 NEWBERY HONOR! As they seek to puzzle out Clara's whereabouts, Lizzie and Parse uncover Grisini's criminal past and wake up to his evil intentions. Seeing his chance to produce a fortune, Grisini accepts and makes a splendidly gaudy entrance with caravan, puppets, and his two orphaned assistants. Clara Wintermute, the only child of a wealthy doctor, is spellbound by Grisini's act and invites him to entertain at her birthday party. The master puppeteer, Gaspare Grisini, is so expert at manipulating his stringed puppets that they seem alive. Fleeing London, they find themselves caught inside a trap set by Grisini's ancient rival, a witch utilizing a deadly inheritance to shed before it's too late. When Clara vanishes that night, suspicion of kidnapping falls upon the puppeteer and, by association, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall. Lizzie Rose and Parsefall are dazzled by the Wintermute home. Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz's Victorian gothic is truly a rich banquet of dark comedy, scorching magic, along making use of the brilliant and bewitching storytelling that is her trademark. In fact, Clara's life is shadowed by grief, guilt, and secrets. Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz brings her sorcery to a Victorian gothic thriller — an enthralling, darkly comic tale that would do Dickens proud. Clara appears to have everything they lack — adoring parents, warmth, and plenty to consume.
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