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Greenglass House

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Greenglass House

Kate Milford is a new author from Maryland; she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.  Milford has written various stage and screenplays, and she is a travel columnist for the Nagspeake Board of Tourism and Culture. Some of her other publications include THE BONESHAKER, THE BROKEN LANDS, THE KAIROS MECHANISM and BLUECROWNE.  Milford has another novel called THE LEFT-HANDED FATE, which is to be published in the fall of 2015.

GREENGLASS HOUSE is a wonderful adventurous middle grade novel about a gigantic mysterious hotel that resides in a smugglers’ town called Nagspeake, which is surrounded by a mountainous forest. Nora Pine, Ben Pine, and their adopted son Milo own Greenglass House.  It is always busy in the gigantic hotel, so Milo and his parents look forward to the long Christmas vacation in which the hotel is usually dead from the hustle and bustle of the smugglers.  To their surprise, though, this Christmas the bell rings and guests pour in, meaning that soon enough, their Christmas vacation is no more. 

The plot brings forth a whimsical journey that leaves you with a mystery sure to keep your imagination brewing.

As each smuggler checks in, the hotel gets filled with an eclectic mix of people young and old, and they all come with their own unique story about the history of Greenglass House.  One of the smugglers drops an odd folded piece of paper on the ground and Milo opens it to find a strange blue stained map. He believes the map will lead to some mysterious treasure buried beneath the walls.  A little girl named Meddy, who also checked in to the hotel, sees Milo with the map and suggests that she and Milo should pretend to be warriors and explorers from a game called Odd Trails.  Milo wants to keep his map a secret but agrees since they’re snowed-in with a handful of interesting people.  Soon after, they set out to explore the grounds and slowly unveil the deep-seeded mysteries of Greenglass House.

This is a great book for ages 8-14.  It is a bit lengthy and the chapters are long, but Milford carries an interesting story throughout.  If you are a big fan of mysteries and adventure, this book is definitely for you. The characters are well-rounded and intellectual and the plot brings forth a whimsical journey that leaves you with a mystery sure to keep your imagination brewing.

Reviewed by Sheena Kowalski on August 27, 2014

Greenglass House
by Kate Milford

  • Publication Date: November 1, 2016
  • Genres: Children's, Mystery
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 054454028X
  • ISBN-13: 9780544540286