A Greenglass House Story
By Kate Milford
Hi! Have you ever had any big changes in your life? Well, Lucy has. She’s spent her whole life out on the sea with her dad on a ship. And now she’s moving to land with her step-mother and step-brother. This all happened just because she had an incident on her boat (her dad was the captain). They were at war. She slipped and got a concussion. She almost had a really serious injury! So, she was moving to land because her father thought it was safer for her.
When she gets to land, she tries to show excitement for her step-brother, Liao, and her step-mother, Xiaoming. She was trying to get used to her new life and her step-mother was trying to make it everything it was for her. So, with the permission of her step-mother, Lucy was able to buy a boat. The one that she chose was called the Driven Star.
Meanwhile, a time-traveler and his friend were trying to recruit someone – someone who worked with fireworks who lived near where Lucy lived. They had come for Liao because Liao was excellent at fireworks; he loved everything about them. But they were trying to bring him to an evil man called Jack Hellcoal. And two adults versus two little kids – how much could Liao and Lucy do? So they buy Lucy’s boat and the time-traveler and peddler go to their house and trick Liao and Lucy. The peddler makes Liao feel good about himself and Lucy thinks that they’re giving Liao a gift (they gave Lucy a gift and she thinks her step-brother deserves to get one, too). But Lucy doesn’t tell Liao’s mother because, for some reason, Liao doesn’t want her to.
What will happen next? Will the peddlers outsmart Liao and Lucy? Or will Liao and Lucy somehow save the day? As I always say, read the book to find out!
I recommend this book to readers who enjoy a good action/adventure and aren’t thrown off when they don’t understand things at first. When I first started reading this book, I didn’t fully understand it, so it was hard for me to get into it. But once I got into it, it was amazing! So I would encourage readers to stick with it!
A few helpful things I like to say about the books I read:
“Run and Get Mom” (how I describe the scariness factor):
There were a few scary parts. One in particular, but they weren’t too scary.
“Yucky-Lovey Stuff” (how I describe the romance factor):
There was one part, but it wasn’t kissy. It was just sadness.
I give this book 5 wands.
It was amazing once you get into it! I really think that pretty much anybody would like this book!
Source: Review Copy