A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Kate Milford's Ghosts of Greenglass House is a sequel to the popular Greenglass House. Reading the first book isn't strictly necessary, but it'll help create a mental picture of the house and some of the recurring characters. Friendly, helpful ghosts, the supernatural, eerie atmospheres, and spooky animal skulls with antlers appear throughout. Violence is mild, with a couple of people getting hit or knocked out. Guns are brandished and a fantasy creature kicks someone to the ground. Strong language is very rare but includes "damned" once and "crap" a few times. There's some mild flirtation among adults, and a kiss is physically rejected. Adults drink alcohol and talk about cocktails. A man is knocked out by spiked punch that's suspected of being poisoned. Best for tweens and up who are strong, independent readers and who enjoy a chilling, spooky mystery.
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What's the story?
GHOSTS OF GREENGLASS HOUSE begins a year after the events of the first book, Greenglass House. Once again, school's out for the winter break, Christmas is only a few days away, and the infamous inn where Milo and his parents live is overrun with guests during what should be their off season. Milo's glad that two of the guests, Clem and Georgie, are actually friends, which makes it not so bad for someone who prefers quiet and solitude. But it soon becomes clear that Clem and Georgie aren't actually on a bachelorette-party getaway. The more Milo learns about what they're really up to, the surer he becomes that at least some of the oddball carolers stranded at Greenglass House are after the same things Clem and Georgie are after. To discover the truth, find the map and the artifacts, unmask the villain or villains, and figure out who's telling the truth about who they are, Milo's going to need the help of more than one ghost.
Is it any good?
Mystery fans who enjoy a few chills on the side will love curling up over winter break, or any time, with this charming story and its colorful cast of oddball characters. The folklore and locations in Ghosts of Greenglass House are richly imagined and so vividly evoked you might be tempted to search online to see if Nagspeake is real. Now author Kate Milford has reunited all of these elements, which made the first book such a delight.
Like the first, this second book would be great for reading aloud, but tweens who love mysteries and are strong, independent readers will enjoy reading it themselves, too. The ending is satisfying, although fans might wish for more of a cliffhanger as the promise of more to come from Greenglass House. As it is, they'll just have to keep listening for the bell to announce the next adventure.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Ghosts of Greenglass House's message that you shouldn't make any assumptions about people, good or bad. Why isn't making good assumptions OK? Has anyone assumed something about you? How did it make you feel?
Why are mysteries, especially ones that are a little spooky, so popular? Did anything scare you in this book? What can you do to feel better when you're scared?
Did you read the first book? Which do you like better? If you didn't read it, what's your favorite mystery or mystery series? What do you like best about it?
- Author: Kate Milford
- Genre: Mystery
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Misfits and Underdogs, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Clarion Books
- Publication date: October 3, 2017
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 12
- Number of pages: 464
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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