Some books are written to be instant classics.
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz has all the elements of a dark faerie-tale: orphans, cholera, a wicked magician, a selfish witch, kidnapping, a mysterious old house, puppets, a rickety tower, and a magic stone.
Set in Victorian England, this is the story of three children who have to fight their way out of the shadows of loss and abuse to rediscover what it means to be a family.
5 out of 5 stars
Review by Mrs. Sanborn
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