by Kate Milford
Illustrated by Jaime Zollars
This week's pick is from Cottager Jamie Michalak.
What it's all about . . .
It’s nearly Christmas at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler’s inn is usually quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But soon the inn is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story connected to the old house. As objects go missing, Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, must decipher clues and discover the truth about Greenglass House—and themselves.
Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf . . .
Because this is one of the best books we've read all year. Greenglass House is a mystery lover's dream, with a rambling old inn full of secrets, a treasure map, a cast of mysterious guests, twists and turns, and two endearing kid "detectives."
Our favorite lines . . .
"Always check for traps, left is always right unless there's a middle, always put your healer in the best armor and wear your magic rings on your toes instead of your fingers. . . . What else? . . . Always have rope."
Why kids will love it . . .
Mystery fans will eat up this novel. Hand this one to kids who love The Mysterious Benedict Society, The Westing Game, and Chasing Vermeer.
Why grown-ups will love it . . .
Greenglass House is a sophisticated middle grade mystery that will appear to older readers, too. And Milford's Author's Note about the story being a letter to her future child will touch your heart. If you'd like to treat yourself this holiday break, curl up by the fire with a mug of cocoa and this book.