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When he does you are baffled by him. The wages of sin are death and perhaps a bit of bloodletting as well. Fortunately I was to find that I was nothing more than a snobby snob when it became clear that not only did other librarians love it librarians who would normally eschew most forms of fantasy if they could possibly help it , kids were enjoying it too! So much for lowered expectations.

It is exceedingly rare to find an author who hits it out of the park, so to speak, every single time she writes.

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Schlitz has written six published works for children and not one has been anything but remarkable. As adept at fairy stories as fairytales, at straight biographies or melodramatic ghost stories, at long last we see what she can do with a Dickensian setting. Result: She does wonders. Wonders and splendors with just a hint of gloom. The sole downside is sitting and waiting for her next book. Notes on the Cover: Hands down brilliant.

Be sure to spot that wonderful skeleton marionette on the back cover. Worth discovering, certainly. Other Blog Reviews:. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person.

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Filed Under: Best Books of , Reviews Tagged With: middle grade fantasy , middle grade fiction , reviews , Candlewick , Laura Amy Schlitz , middle grade fantasy , middle grade fiction , middle grade gothic , Newbery contender. Comments rams says:.

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Splendors and Glooms

December 13, at am. Just once we had braver, better taste than the Brits! Tracy Edward Wymer says:. December 13, at pm.

by Laura Amy Schlitz

NOOK Book. As mysterious and timeless as a fairy tale.

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Clara Wintermute, the only child of a wealthy doctor, invites master puppeteer Grisini to entertain at her birthday party. When Clara vanishes that night, suspicion falls upon the puppeteer and his orphaned assistants.

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

A highly original tale about children caught in a harrowing world of magic and misdeeds. Vividly portrayed and complex, the characters are well defined individuals whose separate strands of story are colorful and compelling. Schlitz weaves them into an intricate tapestry that is as mysterious and timeless as a fairy tale. Of course it could also be miserable: fog, filthy streets, shabby hovels where too many people live in too few rooms.

Schlitz conjures both the magic and the mundane here. The characters are recognizable tropes: the witch is rotting from the inside out; the orphans may be dirty and ill-bred, but they have spirit and pluck; the little rich girl is actually sad and lonely; the skinny puppeteer and the overly dramatic landlady are recognizably Dickensian.

Yet, they are so well drawn that they are never caricatures, but people whom readers will cheer for, be terrified of, or grow to like. The plot is rich with supernatural and incredibly suspenseful elements. Fans of mystery, magic, and historical fiction will all relish this novel. Utterly transporting. The characters are real humans, trapped upon the page as if by magic.


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The plotting is relentless. The book is beautiful. You will bark with laughter and you will cry. I did. Schlitz—a Newbery Medal-winner—is, like a marionette show that the orphans see one night, a spectacle "sharp-edged, exquisite, and eerily alive.

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Schlitz proves herself a master storyteller as she skillfully maneuvers the strings of this gothic tale right up to the astonishing climax. Schlitz has written six published works for children and not one has been anything but remarkable.

As adept at fairy stories as fairytales, at straight biographies or melodramatic ghost stories, at long last we see what she can do with a Dickensian setting. Result: She does wonders. Wonders and splendors with just a hint of gloom. The sole downside is sitting and waiting for her next book. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Kids' Books.


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