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The Thief Knot: A Greenglass House Story

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Intrepid tweens hunt down kidnappers in intriguing mystery.

Book Kate Milford Mystery 2020
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This standalone mystery set in the wonderfully oddball Greenglass House world is full of intrigue, puzzlement, colorful characters, and a clever plot that moves along nicely. The Thief Knot brings back old friends that fans of the series will enjoy spending time with again, while at the same time introducing a very interesting new bunch worthy of further exploration. Mystery and adventure lovers who haven't read any of the previous books will have no trouble fully immersing themselves in this refreshing new story. Tweens will easily relate to the characters and root for Marzana as she tries to help solve a crime while battling social anxiety.

The opening is a little slow, spending too much time on complaints about how nothing exciting ever happens when the reader knows good and well that something amazing is going to happen, or else what are all the rest of these pages in the book for? But hang in there until the adventure starts, and you'll be quickly absorbed in an inventively whimsical and slightly off-kilter world. There's not much imagined folklore in this story, which, compared with the other Greenglass books, makes it feel just a bit less rich. But it's a deeply imagined and vividly described world that stands up well on its own.

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