By Laura Amy Schlitz
Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz brings her sorcery to a Victorian gothic thriller—an spell binding, darkly comedian story that may do Dickens proud. The grasp puppeteer, Gaspare Grisini, is so professional at manipulating his stringed puppets that they seem alive. Clara Wintermute, the one baby of a filthy rich medical professional, is spellbound by means of Grisini's act and invitations him to entertain at her party. Seeing his probability to make a fortune, Grisini accepts and makes a wonderfully gaudy front with caravan, puppets, and his orphaned assistants. Lizzie Rose and Parsefall are dazzled through the Wintermute domestic. Clara turns out to have every thing they lack—adoring mom and dad, heat, and many to consume. actually, Clara's lifestyles is shadowed by way of grief, guilt, and secrets and techniques. while Clara vanishes that evening, suspicion of kidnapping falls upon the puppeteer and, by way of organization, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall. As they search to puzzle out Clara's whereabouts, Lizzie and Parse discover Grisini's felony earlier and get up to his evil intentions. Fleeing London, they locate themselves stuck in a catch set by way of Grisini's old rival, a witch with a dangerous inheritance to shed sooner than it's too overdue. Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz's Victorian gothic is a wealthy ceremonial dinner of darkish comedy, sizzling magic, and the intense and bewitching storytelling that's her trademark.