Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Splendors Glooms

Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

This is a complex interwoven tale consisting of three stories: Cassandra, the Witch, rich girl, Clara Wintermute, and impoverished orphans, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall.  Entwined in these stories is Gaspare Grisini, whose specialty is kidnapping and magically trapping living children as his marionettes.  His young associates, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall start to suspect something fishy and search for a way to undo what his madness has done in time to save Clara.  Set in foggy, smoky, scary 1860’s England, this is a spectacular tale of the macabre.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC SCHLITZ)

GR Level P, Grades 4-6