Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Greenglass House, by Kate Milford

Summary:  At Greenglass House, a smuggler’s inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his winter holidays relaxing but soon guests are arriving with strange stories about the house sending Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, on an adventure.

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2 thoughts on “Greenglass House, by Kate Milford

  1. From Hayden: Submitted on 2014/12/04 at 8:40 pm

    This was a great book! I liked this book a lot because it was a mystery. It was set in an interesting and unique environment, an inn in winter, and top of a mountain. I loved the character descriptions because the author did them in a way that made me feel familiar with the book.

  2. Milo and his friend Meddy try to solve the mystery of why all the people came to the Green Glass House and what their connection to the house is. They create characters for their own variation of Odd Trails, a role playing game I’ve never heard of, who have special abilities. Milo switches between Negret and Milo, depending on how he is feeling and what he is doing. This was done really well and you could see Milo grow stronger as Negret and blossom with the freedom another personality gives him. He is able to better see his adopted parents as his real parents with the thought he has never allowed himself to give towards his heritage because of guilt for not being grateful for the adoption. But when he is Negret, he feels free to think about having his biological parents all along. The characters were really well-developed and dimensional. The plot was interesting and the setting was well described. Unfortunately, the ending felt disjointed and rushed. It just didn’t measure up to the rest of the book. Altogether, this probably isn’t worthy for the Newbery award. However, I thought it was going to be a Newbery winner until I got near the end.

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