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Splendors and Glooms

(2012)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Newbery Medal Best Novel (nominee)
Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz brings her sorcery to a Victorian gothic thriller - an enthralling, darkly comic tale that would do Dickens proud.

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 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 - adoring parents, warmth, and plenty to eat. In fact, Clara's 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 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.
Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz's Victorian gothic is a rich banquet of dark comedy, scorching magic, and the brilliant and bewitching storytelling that is her trademark.


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Hardback Editions

January 2014 : USA Library Binding

Title: Splendors and Glooms
Author(s): Laura Amy Schlitz
ISBN: 1-62765-443-7 / 978-1-62765-443-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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January 2014 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Splendors And Glooms (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Laura Amy Schlitz
ISBN: 0-606-35170-1 / 978-0-606-35170-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback
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August 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: Splendors and Glooms (Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards))
Author(s): Laura Amy Schlitz
ISBN: 0-7636-5380-2 / 978-0-7636-5380-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Candlewick
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Paperback Editions

December 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Splendors and Glooms
Author(s): Laura Amy Schlitz
ISBN: 0-7636-9449-5 / 978-0-7636-9449-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Candlewick
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January 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Splendors and Glooms
Author(s): Laura Amy Schlitz
ISBN: 0-7636-6926-1 / 978-0-7636-6926-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Candlewick
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Audio Editions

January 2014 : USA Audio CD

Title: Splendors and Glooms
Author(s): Laura Amy Schlitz
ISBN: 1-4498-3572-4 / 978-1-4498-3572-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Not Avail
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August 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Splendors and Glooms
Author(s): Laura Amy Schlitz
Publisher: Recorded Books
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August 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Splendors and Glooms
Author(s): Laura Amy Schlitz
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

August 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Splendors and Glooms (Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards))
Author(s): Laura Amy Schlitz
Publisher: Candlewick Press
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