Synopses & Reviews
Itand#8217;s wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smugglerand#8217;s inn is always quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepersand#8217; 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 Miloand#8217;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 cookand#8217;s daughter, must decipher clues and untangle the web of deepening mysteries to discover the truth about Greenglass Houseand#8212;and themselves.
"Clever and exciting, just like the previous book, this also features a layered relationship between Theodosia and her grandmother. Nonstop action in a delightfully English package." Booklist and#160; "Archaeology and fantasy fans alike will find much to love in this magical tale chock-full of ancient Egyptian artifacts and details. Theodosiaand#8217;s first-person narration is often very funny as she deals with the adults around her, and the plot is quick and multilayered like a well-wrapped mummy." School Library Journal
A National Book Award Nominee
* andquot;An enchanting, empowering, and cozy read.andquot;
andmdash;Booklist, starred review
* andquot;An abundantly diverting mystery.andquot;
andmdash;Kirkus, starred review
andquot;The legends and folktales Milford creates add to Nagspeakeand#39;s charm and gently prepare the ground for a fantasy twist.andquot;
andquot;Give this one to fans of Trenton Lee Stewartand#39;s The Mysterious Benedict Society.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal
andquot;The intricately woven connections, large cast of memorable characters, and beautifully detailed writing come together to make this exceptionally engaging story leap off the page.andquot;
andquot;Milford employs a Westing Game level of cunning in setting up clues, revealing their importance, and immediately pivoting to a higher level of mystery, gratifying readers as she pulls them into the story.andquot;
andmdash;Horn Book Magazine
Being able to detect black magic isnandrsquo;t all tea and crumpetsandmdash;and for Theodosia Throckmorton, it can be a decidedly tricky business! When Sticky Will drags Theo to a magic show featuring the Great Awi Bubu, she quickly senses there is more to the magician than he lets on, setting in motion a chain of events she never could have bargained for.
Meanwhile, back at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities, Henry is home for the spring holidays and makes an accidental discovery of an artifact that alchemists have been hunting for centuries. Soon, every black-cloaked occultist in London is trying to get their hands on it . . .
The next riveting adventure in the Theodosia Throckmorton series!
A rambling old inn, a strange map, an attic packed with treasures, squabbling guests, theft, friendship, and an unusual haunting mark this smartand#160;middle gradeand#160;mystery in the tradition of the Mysterious Benedict Society books and The Westing Game.
About the Author
R. L. LaFEVERS
and#160;grew up in Los Angeles, California surrounded by a gaggle of brothers who taught her an awful lot about how to get into mischief of all kinds, much like our clever Theodosia Throckmorton. When getting her brothers out of scrapes (again, like Theo), she usually had her nose buried in a book. and#160; Now she lives on a small ranch in Southern California with her husband, two teenaged sons (who are also very good at getting into mischief and scrapes of one sort or another), a dog who thinks heand#8217;s a person, and a cat who is really a tigress in disguise.
YOKO TANAKA lives inand#160;Los Angeles and Bangkok with her husband and three cats.and#160;Aside fromand#160;illustrating Bookand#160;Iand#160;and II of the Theodosia Throckmorton series, sheand#160;illustrated forthcoming novel The Magician's Elephantand#160;(Candlewick)and#160;by Kate DiCamillo. Her artwork may be found at http://www.yokotanaka.com.