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Tween Bookclub: Splendors and Glooms


April 8, 2013

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Like to read? So do we. Join fellow book lovers with a fun discussion, snacks, trivia and more.This month's book: Splendors and Glooms by Amy Schlitz
"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 fall upon the puppeteer and , by associaton, 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.   
An extraordinary adventure filled with danger, and action  that will have readers clining to the edge of their seat.
Ages 10-12.
Please see the desk for a copy of the book.