Book Review: ‘Greenglass House’

Greenglass House” by Kate Milford

Source: Library

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Mystery

Summary:

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.

+Family!!! Too often in MG (and YA) books there are dead, missing, and/or otherwise neglectful parents. It’s typically necessary to give the kids agency to do what needs to be done. Here we have Milo’s parents being loving and attentive but in a realistic way. They’re got a houseful of people unexpectedly so their hands are full. They do a great job of checking in on him and taking small moments to be with him. It’s refresthing to see that relationship played out. It’s very true to life.

+Milo’s feelings about his adoption. I’m not adopted but I can understand Milo’s mixed feelings about it. He loves his parents obviously. BUT there is always that mystery of bio parents and where he came from. I can understand wanting to know more about his past but also feelings of being disloyal to his parents.

+Twisty mystery. I love a good mystery. This had a lot of elments going on. One might even argue too many.

-Role playing game aspect. The RPG aspect of the story got on my nerves.

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