The Brothers Grimm could not be grimmer, but it was definitely splendid. Two orphans rescued from London’s dark streets, only to land in a different kind of darkness. One sad little rich girl, the only child of her parent’s five children left living, wishes for a different life and gets her wish. A puppeteer whose talent goes beyond human ability, the witch who controls him, and her most treasured possession that is burning her to death. Since A Drowned Maiden’s Hair, Newbery Award winner Laura Amy Schlitz has shown herself to be a master of the gothic mystery. Here, she spins a terrifying tale in which all of the characters are longing for light and freedom. For anyone with a night light aged ten through adult.