I have lots of books sitting here waiting to be reviewed but I finished this one yesterday and I loved it so much that it skipped the queue! Greenglass House by Kate Milford is everything I've ever wanted in a middle grade story, both kid-me and adult-me. This story has
- local history
- mysterious maps
- role-playing games
- like, a million mysteries
- an adoptive family
- a creaky old house with an attic full of goodies and stained glass windows
- evening stories by a fireplace
The way this all comes together is brilliant. Milo is the Chinese adopted son of the Pines, owners of Greenglass House, a smugglers' inn on the east coast. It's the first day of his winter vacation and he's excited because the inn is usually empty at this time of year, which means free time for him and his parents. Unexpectedly, though, guests start showing up and they are a strange bunch. Luckily, a friend also shows up for Milo and they begin a private role-playing adventure that eventually gets put to use in solving some very real mysteries.
I told my husband around mid-book that we would have both LOVED this book as a kid. I loved it now. I think Z will love it. I want to read it again and again. I want to go to a smugglers' inn and search through the attic. And ... I want to start reading as many other Kate Milford books as I can get my hands on.
Seriously in love,
p.s. I posted about another great middle grade book, Each Little Bird That Sings, today at The Estella Society.