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Splendors and glooms

Author: Laura Amy Schlitz
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, York, Pa. : Printed in York, Pa., U.S.A. 2012. ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : Elementary and junior high school : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Historical fiction
Adventure fiction
Fiction
History
Juvenile works
Juvenile fiction
Material Type: Elementary and junior high school, Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Amy Schlitz
ISBN: 9780763653804 0763653802
OCLC Number: 774490795
Notes: "A Junior Library Guild selection"--Jacket.
Awards: Newbery Honor Book, 2013
Target Audience: Ages 10-14.; Middle School.
Description: 384 pages ; 23 cm
Other Titles: Splendors & glooms
Responsibility: Laura Amy Schlitz.

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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.
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Splendors and glooms

by AnchorageSchools (WorldCat user published 2013-01-26) Good Permalink

Master Puppeteer, Gaspare Grisini, is so expert at using his puppets that they seem alive. Clara Wintermute, daughter of a wealthy English doctor, has him and his crew of two orphans perform at her birthday party. When she vanishes that night, Grisini is the main suspect. Lizzie and Parse try to find...
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