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Splendors and Glooms (edition 2012)

by Laura Amy Schlitz

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Title:Splendors and Glooms
Authors:Laura Amy Schlitz
Info:Candlewick (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 400 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:children's fiction, fantasy, magic, orphans, puppets, England

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Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

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    Inky_Fingers: Both magical fantasies in which children are turned into puppets.
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: Both of these lyrical, richly composed and detailed fantasies are about steely, orphaned girls (and a close-knit boy) who battle menacing, magical figures for survival in a fully-reimagined England: Splendors in Victorian London, Folk Keeper, on a medieval-like English coast.… (more)
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Lizzie Rose and Parsefall are apprentices of a cruel puppet-master, Grisini. They are mistreated and miserable, but they have one bright afternoon--teatime with a little lonely rich girl. Then Clara goes missing and they are suspected of kidnapping her. When Grisini disappears as well, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall follow to find him in the home of a mysterious old woman. Cassandra has powerful sorceries, and the choice she offers the children could save them from Grisini's torments--or doom them for eternity.

I really enjoyed this. Each character is unique and memorable, and the problem they are set is at first dauntingly insurmountable. I liked that over time, they found ways to connect to each other and think their way out.

Although the main characters are young, their circumstances are grim and the nuances of their Victorian society probably difficult for equally young readers to understand. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
It's an odd thing to be a children's author who doesn't write for children. Odder still to give an award to a children's book no child will read. And yet. Ms. Schlitz is such an author and "Splendors and Glooms" is such a book. The only positive thing I can say is that this book is more accessible than her last "great" work "Good Masters, Sweet Ladies" but that isn't saying much. ( )
  EmilyRokicki | Feb 26, 2016 |
This book is about a girl named Clara and on her birthday guy named Grisini and his assistants Prsefall and Lizzy Rose came to her party and did a puppet show. That night Grisini kidnaped Clara and turned her into a puppet. A few nights later Grisini fell down the stairs and his head and there land lady went to get a doctor but when she came back Grisini had walked out of her house and stopped an a witch's (Cassandra's) castle/mansion(Strachen's Ghyll. Cassandra had an fire opal that gave her powers but everyone that has had the fire opal has died of fire and she didn't like this. So Grisini told Cassandra about Lizzy rose and Parsafall and that the might stiil the fire opal from her so Cassandra sent a letter asking then to come and they did and after that a lot of things happened at Strachans,Ghyll. I liked this book because it was pulled me in. I also liked this book because it was fun reading how they talked back then. ( )
  ChloeM12 | Feb 23, 2016 |
Narrated by Davina Porter. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
I really like this one. It seems like it will be realistic but there is definitely a fantasy element that comes into play. Lizzie Rose and Parsefall are a couple of young poor children who the puppet master Grisini takes in. He is cruel to them but it beats living on the street and in the workhouses. Grisini is even more cruel to Clara. This is a dark tale that you have to read to the last chapter! I don't know that I'll ever look at puppets the same way. ( )
  ddbrown201 | Jan 23, 2016 |
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For Susan and Tom Brown,
who were with me every step of the way,
reading every chapter of every draft

And for Kevin Coll,
who rescued me in my darkest hour,
and told me that the magic bone is connected to the love bone.
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When Clara vanishes after the puppeteer Grisini and two orphaned assistants were at her twelfth birthday party, suspicion of kidnapping chases the trio away from London and soon the two orphans are caught in a trap set by Grisini's ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it is too late.
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When Clara vanishes after the puppeteer Grisini and two orphaned assistants were at her twelfth birthday party, suspicion of kidnapping chases the trio away from London and soon the two orphans are caught in a trap set by Grisini's ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it is too late.… (more)

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