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Ages 10 to 12
A rambling old inn, a strange map, an attic packed with treasures, squabbling guests, theft, friendship, and an unusual haunting mark this smart middle grade mystery in the tradition of the Mysterious Benedict Society books and The Westing Game.
New York Times Bestseller
National Book Award Nominee
Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery
It’s wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler’s inn is always quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo’s home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house. As objects go missing and tempers flare, Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, must decipher clues and untangle the web of deepening mysteries to discover the truth about Greenglass House—and themselves.
The creaky smuggler’s inn is always quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again...
I reread it recently and it’s a really good mystery. The house is cool to read about because you know how you feel when you read about cool buildings? And the main character is definitely relatable. - Lin C., age 10
Full of quirky characters and many curiosities, this is the perfect book for lovers of The Mysterious Benedict Society. The story starts small but the mysteries pile up, and the solutions are clever and satisfying. This 2014 National Book Award Longlist from Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a must read!
Highly recommended for ages 10 and up with a positive messages about adoption, family, and having the power to decide who you are.