Greenglass House #1. Author: Kate Milford.
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. (Goodreads summary)
Greenglass House was lying around the house when I picked it up, and I didn’t realize it was middle grade at first (a good sign), not because of adult content but because the writing style was actually interesting and non-condescending. Our two main characters, Milo and Meddy, start investigating a seemingly minor mystery just to pass the time – but the further they go, the more tangled it gets, and the events at the house only add to it. As more questions are raised, their quest grows in importance. The underlying theme of Milo coming to terms with his feelings about his adoption was very light (so light it was almost underdeveloped) but the mystery part, and the role-playing that goes on between him and Meddy, is interesting enough that one barely notices any deficits. (I was disappointed to find out that Odd Trails, the game they play, isn’t a realworld game. I would have liked to try it.)
Sexual Content: None.
Language: 1 d***
Violence: Character fires a gun at a girl (nobody is hurt). Some memory and discussion of the day a character died, but nothing graphic. Several men shove people around and threaten them with guns, but nobody is hurt. (SPOILER ALERT) One man is chased away from the house by a paranormal figure.