Ghosts of Greenglass House

Ghosts of Greenglass House

Book - 2017
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"Twelve-year-old Milo is stuck spending the winter holidays in a house full of strange guests who are not what they seem-again! He will have to work with friends old and new to uncover clues in search of a mysterious map and a famous smuggler's lost haul"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]
ISBN: 9780544991460
Branch Call Number: J F MIL
Characteristics: 456 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Zollars, Jaime - Illustrator


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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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