Monday, January 21, 2013

Bibliophile's Corner

Splendors and Glooms
by Laura Amy Schlitz

Flap Copy Description:
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 Grisini's act and invites him to entertain at her home. Seeing his chance to make a fortune. Grisini accepts and makes a splendidly gaudy entrance with his caravan, puppets, and two orphaned assistants.

Lizzie Rose and Parsefall are dazzled by the Wintermute home. Clara seems to have everything they lack: adoring parents, warmth, and plenty to eat. In fact, Clara's life is shadowed by grief, guilt, and secrets. When she vanishes that night, suspicion of kidnapping falls on the puppeteer.

As they seek to puzzle out Clara's whereabouts, Lizzie and Parse uncover Grisini's criminal past and wake up to his evil intentions. Fleeing London, they find themselves caught in a trap set by Grisini's ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it's too late.

My Thoughts:
If you enjoyed the classics Oliver Twist or David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, then you or your child will thrill to Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz. The author's character development, setting descriptions, and plot development are wonderful. She spins a tale of magic, mystery, and intrigue all set in eighteenth century England. I would highly recommend this 384 page novel to readers from the ages of eight to eighty!

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  1. The title hooked me right away. Thanks for the review!

    1. Thanks, Loree. This book definitely has cross over appeal to all ages.

  2. Sounds like a great story. =) Thanks!

  3. I had someone else recommend this book to me not long ago, she too really enjoyed it. I'll have to add it to my TBR =)