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Award-Winning Children's Books to Give in 2013

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Splendors and Glooms childrens book

Splendors and Glooms


By Laura Amy Schlitz
Price: $10.99; Ages: 9 and up

In this Victorian gothic thriller, Clara Wintermute — the only child of a wealthy doctor in London — vanishes the night of her birthday party. Master puppeteer Gaspare Grisini and his two orphaned assistants, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall, who had put on a show for Clara's party are suspected of kidnapping the girl. Can Lizzie and Parse find Clara and battle the forces of evil before it's too late? This darkly comic tale received a 2013 Newbery Honor award and was named a 2013 Notable Children's Book by the ALCS.

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