FICTION

The Thief Knot: A Greenglass House Story

Clarion. (Greenglass House). Jan. 2020. 464p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781328466891.
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Gr 5-7–The Republic of Gammerbund is a sanctuary for even the most legendary thieves and smugglers to hide and lead (mostly) normal lives. When a kidnapping threatens Gammerbund, 12-year-old Marzana’s parents are recruited to help, and the lure of adventure is too much for the shy aspiring spy. She puts together a team of peers to investigate, each member bringing a talent more unusual than the last. But the case may be even stranger than anyone suspects. This novel takes readers back into the world Milford created in Greenglass House, adding richly detailed layers to a well-developed setting. While kids need not have read the other installments, those familiar with the series will appreciate the references to previous books. This is a perfectly plotted and well-told mystery, and the fascinating settings and characters make it unique. Children will find the plot’s twists thrilling and immersive, thanks to Milford’s world-building talent.
VERDICT Readers will delight in this old-fashioned mystery, made fresh with intriguing places and people.

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