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Splendors and Glooms

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Dark, magical, Dickensian page-turner for tweens.

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Author Laura Amy Schlitz has created a delightful mix of genres with Splendors and Glooms. Schlitz is equally admired for her wonderful historical fiction (like her Newbery Medal-winning book Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village) as for her fantasy writing (The Night Fairy). This novel offers a revealing, age-appropriate look at life on both sides of the fence in Victorian London. At the same time, it fascinates with a magical plot and characters including a deceitful witch, an evil puppet master, and three deserving children who must unravel more than one mystery. Splendors and Glooms is a dark, wonderful, Dickensian page-turner for preteens.

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