Splendors and glooms is the type of book i wish id written set in victorian england rife with orphans and evil puppeters mystery and magic the story tells the tale of clara a rich girl whose supposedly easy life is not so easy at all and parsefall and lizzie rose orphan apprentices to a puppeter who is more than he seems. In splendors and glooms laura amy schlitz serves up a true dickensian romp complete with tenements shrouded in london fog and oppressed orphans young protagonists lizzie rose and parsefall must use their wits and all the wiles they can muster to save themselves from their dastardly guardian the consummate puppet master and conniving magician . Splendors and glooms is a 2012 childrens novel written by laura amy schlitz the book was awarded a 2013 newbery honor for excellence in childrens literature 1. Splendors and glooms includes some very good hearted characters and some very mean ones in different walks of life adults range from well meaning and unreliable to cruel and deceitful the great role models in splendors and glooms are the children lizzie rose age 14 is the soul of kind virtuous young womanhood. At 384 pages splendors and glooms is a meaty sized book with short chapters making the journey more than comfortable splendors and glooms is a magical adventure for readers and listeners alike to enjoy
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