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AuthorLaura Amy Schlitz
LanguageEnglish
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date9/13/2012
Book DescriptionClara disappears on her birthday. Exceptionally wealthy and exceptionally lonely, she requested that a puppeteer and his two orphan helpers stage a spellbinding show for her in the vast empty house. But then the curtains close and darkness falls ... The puppeteer, Grisini, kidnaps Clara and uses his sinister powers to imprison her body and mind in the form of a marionette. His two young assistants realise what has happened, and all three children find themselves caught up in a terrible struggle for supernatural eminence between Grisini and a dying witch of extraordinary power. The bewitching and brilliant magical adventure Fire Spell, published in the USA as Splendors and Glooms, was awarded the Newbery Medal Honor and is a New York Times bestseller.
Editorial ReviewThis glorious novel by Schlitz, a past Newbery Award winner, is filled with lush language and Victorian atmosphere. * New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice * A wonderfully twisty, creepy melodrama with three heroes to love, two villains to hate, and then at the end - but I won't tell, except to say it's totally satisfying * Praise for Fire Spell. New York Times * Settle down; prepare for mesmerism: Laura Amy Schlitz is behind the curtain, ready to show us a story that has real magic lacing through it -- Gregory Maguire * New York Times bestselling author of WICKED * Vivid and strange, this latest work is, like a marionette show that the orphan see one night, a spectacle 'sharp-edged, exquisite, and eerily alive' * Wall Street Journal * Astonishingly original . . . dazzling . . . A brilliant story well told * New York Journal of Books * Builds slowly and ends stunningly * Chicago Tribune * A highly original tale about children caught in a harrowing world of magic and misdeeds * Publishers Weekly * Schlitz proves herself a master storyteller as she skilfully manoeuvres the strings of this gothic tale right up to the astonishing climax -- Jennifer M. Brown * Shelf Awareness * Schlitz's prose is perfect in every stitch, and readers will savor each word. * Kirkus, Starred Review * An intricate tapestry that is as mysterious and timeless as a fairy tale. * Booklist starred review * The plot is rich with supernatural and incredibly suspenseful elements. Fans of mystery, magic, and historical fiction will all relish this novel. * School Library Journal, Starred Review * Revel in this lusciously atmospheric title of rival magicians and the children caught in their crossfire. * The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books, Starred Review *
About the AuthorLaura Amy Schlitz is a librarian and storyteller in Baltimore County, USA. She has worked as a costumier, actress and playwright, and her plays for young people have been produced in theatres all over the county. She has been awarded the Newbery Medal (Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village) and numerous other literary awards. She is a New York Times bestselling author.
Number of Pages400