Greenglass House #2. Author: Kate Milford.
Welcome back to the irresistible world of Greenglass House where thirteen-year-old Milo is, once again, spending the winter holidays stuck in a house full of strange guests who are not what they seem. There are fresh clues to uncover as friends old and new join in his search for a mysterious map and a famous smuggler’s lost haul.
I really love the author’s voice, which stays consistent from the last book. It’s straight-forward but well-crafted prose, with the third person view point sticking close to Milo, our protagonist, so everyone else is characterized through what he would notice first, then second, and on.
Although Milo came to grips with his adopted identity last time, it’s not a struggle that can be resolved through The Power of Friendship or any such thing, and Kate Milford recognizes this. Milo is still very much working on growing up, and that includes such wide-ranging pursuits as learning to balance his emotions, learning to understand other people’s blunders, learning to retain his confidence in his own identity and background even when other people don’t understand.
Spoilers for the previous book, Greenglass House:
<spoiler> After meeting Meddy in the last book, we’re obviously not going to have quite such a dramatic genre-twist. There’s still some surprises I didn’t see coming! I love how Kate Milford handles this magical realism, by the way. There are legends told and – while, paranormal isn’t quite the word – unusual happenings in this story, rooted solidly in some absolutely intriguing folklore. There’s almost no suspension of disbelief required. Milford weaves such an atmospheric story, twined close to the sort of folklore you almost-maybe believe when it’s told around the fireside, that there’s no jolting surprise. </spoiler>
A solid, fun follow up very much in the spirit of the first.
Sexual Content: None.
Language: 4 hell, 3 d***, 2 scatological terms
Violence: There’s a minor accident when someone’s hair catches on fire, and in the ensuing confusion as people try to put it out one person gets kicked in the face. Character threatens a kid with a gun. One character knocks another out (in self defense). One character stabs another in a story (a story within the story, yes).