Laura Amy Schlitz

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Laura Amy Schlitz
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Born Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Occupation Writer, and Lower School Librarian at Park School
Language English
Nationality American
Alma mater Goucher College
Notable works
Notable awards

Cybils Award
2006 A Drowned Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama

Newbery Medal
2008 Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!

Newbery Honor
2013 Splendors and Glooms

Laura Amy Schlitz is an American author of children's literature. She is a librarian and storyteller at The Park School in Brooklandville, Maryland.

She received the 2008 Newbery Medal for her children's book entitled Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village,[1] and the 2013 Newbery Honor for her children's book, Splendors and Glooms.[2] Her other published books are The Hero Schliemann: The Dreamer Who Dug For Troy (2006), A Drowned Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama (2006), which won a Cybils Award that year, The Bearskinner: A Tale of the Brothers Grimm (2007), The Night Fairy (2010), and The Hired Girl (2015).

Schlitz attended Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, and graduated in 1977.

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies![edit]

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village comprises more than twenty one-person plays and two two-person plays. The 10- to 15-year-old characters all live in or near a 13th-century English manor.[3]

The monologues were written for the 5th Grade curriculum at The Park School during an F. Parvin Sharpless Faculty and Curricular Advancement Program (FACA) at the school.[4]

The book was awarded the 2008 Newbery Medal for excellence in children's literature.

Splendors and Glooms[edit]

Main article: Splendors and Glooms

The main character, rich girl Clara Wintermute, lives with her parents in a wealthy section of London. Her greatest wish for her birthday is for the puppet troupe she saw in a park one day to perform for her and her party guests. So the puppet master, Grisini, and his assistants, 14-year-old Lizzie Rose Fawr and 12-year-old Parsefall Hooke, visit the Wintermute home and put on their show. Then, not long after they visit, young Clara goes missing. Alleged kidnappers demand ransom from her parents, and Clara's father, Dr. Wintermute, brings the ransom to the appointed place, but the kidnapper never shows up. Meanwhile, an old witch is using her magic to summon Grisini to her estate near Lake Windermere. All of the children's lives soon become entangled with Grisini; the witch, Cassandra; and the Wintermutes. And all the while, Clara is being hidden in plain sight.[5]

The book was awarded the 2013 Newbery Honor for excellence in children's literature.

List of Published Books[edit]

Candlewick Press published all six books that are listed under Schlitz's name in the U.S. Library of Congress catalog.

Schlitz also wrote A Gypsy at Almack's, an adult romance novel, under the name of Chloe Cheshire.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2008 Newbery Medal and Honor Books". ala.org. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "2013 Newbery Medal and Honor Books". ala.org. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! List of Contents". lccn.loc.gov. Retrieved 2015-05-29. 
  4. ^ "Park School's FACA". parkschool.net. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Splendors and Glooms - Book Review". www.commonsensemedia.org. Retrieved 2015-04-20. 

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