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Laura Amy Schlitz

Biography

Laura Amy Schlitz

Laura Amy Schlitz is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES! VOICES FROM A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, illustrated by Robert Byrd; A DROWNED MAIDEN'S HAIR: A MELODRAMA; THE NIGHT FAIRY, illustrated by Angela Barrett; and other books for children. She lives in Maryland.

Laura Amy Schlitz

Books by Laura Amy Schlitz

by Laura Amy Schlitz - Children's 10-14, Fiction, Horror, Supernatural, Supernatural Fiction, Suspense, Youth Fiction

Maud Flynn is known at the orphanage for her impertinence, so when the charming Miss Hawthorne and her sister choose Maud to take home with them, the girl is as baffled as anyone. It seems the sisters need Maud to help stage elaborate séances for bereaved, wealthy patrons. As Maud is drawn deeper into the deception, she is torn between her need to please and her growing conscience --- until a shocking betrayal makes clear just how heartless her guardians are.

by Laura Amy Schlitz - Children's, Children's 10-14, Coming of Age, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Youth Fiction

Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself --- because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of --- a woman with a future.

by Laura Amy Schlitz - Children's, Children's 10-14, Fiction, Gothic, Horror, Youth Fiction

The master puppeteer, Gaspare Grisini, is so expert at manipulating his puppets that they appear alive. Clara, the only child of a wealthy doctor, is spellbound by Grisini’s act and invites him to entertain at her birthday party. Grisini accepts and makes a splendidly gaudy entrance with caravan, puppets and his two orphaned assistants, Lizzie and Parsefall. Clara seems to have everything they lack --- but Clara’s life is shadowed by grief, guilt and secrets. When Clara vanishes that night, suspicion falls upon the puppeteer and Lizzie and Parsefall. As they seek to puzzle out Clara’s whereabouts, Lizzie and Parse uncover Grisini’s criminal past and wake up to his evil intentions.

written by Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Angela Barrett