April 3, 2009 Another great review for Secrets of Greymoor
The Horn Book March/April Issue
Clark, Clara Gillow. Secrets of Greymoor. Candlewick. 2009. Hattie, first met in Hill Hawk Hattie, in which she went rafting down a river dressed as a boy, needs all her characteristic resilience and bravery in her new life at her grandmother's house. With her grandmother's fortune now gone and her recently deceased grandfather rumored to have been insane, Hattie worries about her family's future. However, she makes a terrible error in judgment when she hides a tax collection notice marked "overdue" from her grandmother; she thinks she will be able to solve the problem by deciphering a coded message from her grandfather that she hopes will lead to treasure. Clever Hattie does decode the message, but in the end she must come up with more realistic ways to help. Clark delivers a taut, engaging story, balancing plot with a first-person narration that conveys Hattie's depth of emotion and her practical, problem-solving nature. Readers will look forward to the hinted-at next book as Hattie at the end attempts to take charge of the new life she faces.