Ghosts of Greenglass House

Ghosts of Greenglass House

eBook - 2017
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The Westing Game meets Ray Bradbury for fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society in this sequel to the Edgar Award-winning New York Times bestseller.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]
ISBN: 9781328828927
Characteristics: 1 online resource.

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Aug 24, 2020

A very well written well thought out mystery.

JCLChrisK Feb 23, 2018

An element common to the majority of books for young readers is an exclusive focus on young characters. Adults are generally absent, incompetent, or irrelevant. Children's books dwell in the realms of children. Kate Milford, though, reverses that dynamic with her stories set in Greenglass House. Protagonist Milo lives in an adult world populated, for the most part, with adults. He is the lone young person. The adult characters are developed, interesting, and capable. What makes it work as a book for children is that Milo proves to be equally capable. He is a peer to the adults, and more than a match for most of the challenges they bring his way. Instead of validating kids by entering their world, these books validate kids by making space for them in an adult world.

This sequel largely follows the same formula as the first book, and I found it equally enthralling. A year later, Milo again finds his Christmas vacation overrun by unexpected guests filling his house with intrigue. Ghost Meddy returns to help him puzzle through the mysteries by becoming their characters from a role-playing game. The setting remains as much a character as any of the people. And the subtle elements of magic grow.

I need to read more Kate Milford.


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