Bluecrowne: A Greenglass House Story – Kate Milford, illustrations by Nicole Wong

Bluecrowne: A Greenglass House Story – Kate Milford, illustrations by Nicole Wong, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, (9780358097549), c2018, 2020

Format:  Paperback

Genre: Adventure/Fantasy

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book?  This standalone title in the Greenglass House series travels back in time to the beginning of the story.  Twelve-year old Lucy Bluecrowne has grown up aboard her father’s ship The Left-Handed Fate, but after she is injured in a sea battle, he wants her safe ashore.  Captain Bluecrowne has built Greenglass House for Lucy, her stepmother Xiaoming and her half-brother Liao.  Lucy is heartbroken to be away from her beloved ship and crew and feels she cannot survive on land. Meanwhile a time-traveler named Trigemine is seeking a magical “conflagrationeer” and the trail leads to Liao, a young boy who loves fireworks.  When Liao is kidnapped, Lucy must come to his rescue. Along the way, Lucy realizes the secret her stepmother is hiding as well as the secrets of Greenglass House. Swashbuckling adventure, mystical magic and mystery make this a must-read. Readers will eagerly await the next story in this highly recommended series.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?    No

To whom would you recommend this book?   Fans of the Greenglass House series will welcome this exciting new title filled with action, magic and adventure.  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and high school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Juv. Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?   Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 3/10/2020         


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