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Greenglass House

In YA Book Reviews on October 14, 2014 at 6:23 am

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by Kate Milford

Mystery Adventure/©2014/373 Pages/Stand Alone/Recommended for Middle Grade Students

Publisher’s Comments (Goodreads):

A rambling old inn, a strange map, an attic packed with treasures, squabbling guests, theft, friendship, and an unusual haunting mark this smart middle grade mystery in the tradition of the Mysterious Benedict Society books and Blue Balliet’s Chasing Vermeer series.

It’s wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler’s inn is always quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo’s home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house. As objects go missing and tempers flare, Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, must decipher clues and untangle the web of deepening mysteries to discover the truth about Greenglass House-and themselves.

My Thoughts:

Greenglass House is a smart, well written novel that will challenge strong middle grade readers. It is filled with unique characters intertwined in an engaging mystery that comes complete with twists and turns and a surprising end. The setting of Greenglass House is an old, intriguing place with its own history and secrets, the perfect backdrop for the mystery. Woven completely into the plot, every floor and every nook and cranny, described in such rich detail, is prominent throughout the story. Also wonderfully interwoven into the plot are a series of folktales and stories, some of which Milo reads in a book, and others of which are told by guests of the inn. They appear random at first, but there is a connection to understanding the characters. A very enjoyable read!

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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