Happy Monday, guys!
I've been hearing quite a bit about Kate Milford's writing for a long time now - particularly by the ever delightful, Mike Jung - and was delighted when HMH reached out to me, and asked if I would be interested in reading the Greenglass House books!
Read on for my thoughts and more! -
(Yes, I'm actually that old - hah.)
So it was with a certain amount of eagerness that I delved into Greenglass House, and entered a world full of characters and exquisite writing, that I found myself not wanting to leave. Kate Milford introduces us to twelve-year-old Milo, the adopted on of the innkeepers at Greenglass House.
He's looking forward to spending the winter quietly at the smuggler's inn, but circumstance and fortune, result in guests arriving, until the entire inn is filled to the brim with mysterious characters. It's now up to Milo and Meddy to get to the bottom of an intertwined series of mysteries, all in a house that is a mystery in it of itself.
This was my first time reading Milford's writing, and I can say with absolute conviction: it did not disappoint. I could immediately understand the comparison to The Westing Game; Milford has layered mystery upon mystery with the guests that have arrived, interspersed with a solid look into Milo's own life, as he learns to better understand his background as an adoptee, while dually getting to the bottom of just what is going on with these newfound guests.
Greenglass House is one of those titles where you hesitate to give too much away, because you want readers to savor the book for themselves. But it's a book that while is intended for middle grade readers, is written in a way that makes it clear, Milford understands what young readers need and does not talk down to them. It's a very mature, complicated book, that will inspire many young minds.
Highly recommend, full stop.
This exciting sequel to a beloved book that was praised in a starred review as "an enchanting, empowering read" is sure to thrill both fans and newcomers. Like its predecessor, it's a smart, suspenseful tale that offers ghosts, friendships, and a cast of unforgettable characters, all wrapped up in a cozy mystery.
Well, I was wrong.
Without giving too many spoilers away - we're still an entire summer and several months away from publication - Milford brings readers back to Greenglass House. Milo is in a similar position to where he was last time; he's one year older, but again, the house is about to be filled with a plethora of strange and unusual guests.
In her author's note, Milford mentions that she wanted Milo and Meddy to undergo very specific challenges this time, and it's evident in the various obstacles that the two have to experience, working alongside many others. The challenges are almost heartbreaking in their scope, but Milford has a gift for writing her characters in a way that makes it clear, regardless of age, there is nothing that they cannot conquer. They might experience pain, heartbreak and uncertainty, but their strength is always in how to move forward.
Ghosts concludes in a way that makes me want more from this world, and I most definitely hope that Milford will return to it. But in the interim, I rest easy knowing that yes, this is a second novel in a hoped-for series, that lives up to the first.
Highly recommend, full stop.
But since I've talked about both books...
All you have to do is comment below, on why you're looking forward to book two. US ONLY, ends 06/22.
About the author:
Kate Milford is the New York Times bestselling author of the Edgar Award-winning, National Book Award nominee Greenglass House, as well as The Boneshaker,The Broken Lands, and The Left-Handed Fate. She is also a regular travel columnist for the Nagspeake Board of Tourism and Culture. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York. To learn more, visit www.clockworkfoundry.com.