C.M. Huddleston – Greg’s Fourth Adventure in Time
Greg and Rose make a dynamic time-traveling team. After their last encounter, the evil, artifact-stealing Pirate separates them, leaving Rose in the present and Greg stranded in the past. A mystery ensues as Rose must find Greg in time, literally in the past, all while Greg, his family, and friends struggle to survive. Come explore the mid-nineteenth century and our nation’s westward expansion, as more time-traveling individuals join this time-searching enterprise.
This hair-raising fourth installment in C.M. Huddleston’s Adventures in Time series provides older middle-grade to young adult readers, and history lovers of all ages with an authentic journey through the West, all while entertaining with humorous escapades and time jumps to remember! Come join Greg, his family and friends on this adventure they’ll never forget. The first three books in this Adventures in Time series have recently been condensed into one volume, available in ebook and print form.
Midwest Book Review
Greg’s Fourth Adventure in Time joins others in the Adventures in Time series and tells of the time-traveling duo Greg and Rose, who are separated between past and present, leading Rose on a journey to locate Greg in the mid-19th century.
This fourth book in the series for older middle grade and young adult readers imbeds quite a bit of historical fact in its story, but retains the drama, strong characterization, and action of previous books in the series.
The terrain becomes rocky as Rose faces the Pirate, who specializes in stealing from the past, the possibility that her loved ones have been killed and buried in a previous time, and the certainty that anything they attempt will become steeped in pioneer experiences.
Rose’s adventures read like a combination of history lesson, science investigation into the mechanics of time travel, and detective story as she unearths clues to Greg’s fate and embarks on a series of journeys made realistic and thought-provoking by family encounters with people, events, and mechanics of living in pioneer times: “Dad explained how each pair of oxen had a particular yoke that fitted them better. This kept the yoke from rubbing and making sores. “Dad, how did you learn to do this?” “Oh, I watched a YouTube video made at an historic park demonstration,” he replied without even cracking a smile.”
Between the action, humor, struggles with the time-thief Pirate, and exploration of pioneer history, Greg’s Fourth Adventure in Time makes for a winning series addition that prior fans will welcome. It will also appeal to newcomers, offering a recap of events that sets the stage for this latest adventure, and is a fine addition to both the ongoing series and the genre of YA time-travel stories as a whole.
D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
The day dragged on and on under a hot sun. We found the first two watering holes marked on the map to be bone dry. The first stream had some barely moving, nasty-looking water. Dad and I worked our way first upstream for several miles and then turned downstream and searched both banks. Nothing. After a quick lunch in the saddle, we turned southwest toward a small stream marked right at the edge of our topo. Dad led the way.
About mid-afternoon, Dad and I both heard wolves howling somewhere to our left over a small rise. Wolves howl differently than coyotes. We approached on foot, leading our horses. Creeping to the top of the hill, we soon spotted three wolves circling something on the ground. Dad pulled out his binoculars, scanned the area, and then, grabbing his reins from me, mounted and rode swiftly toward the wolves.
Wolves will usually back off when a person approaches and these did. Not far, though, so our horses spooked, making them hard to control. I ended up mounting Cody and leading Dad’s gelding, Romeo (Mom named him). I found Dad tending to a small unconscious (I hoped he wasn’t dead) American Indian boy.
“Looks like he was thrown from a horse. There’s a lump on his head, and his arm is broken. Hand me my canteen,” Dad instructed.
We worked for several minutes doing general first aid stuff, like sheltering him from direct sunlight, forcing water between his lips, and looking for any other injuries.
“Greg, see if you can find me two, or even three, straight branches about a foot long. You might need to ride back to that last stream to find trees. If you encounter trouble, get off a shot before you jump. I’ll take cover, if I can find any. Otherwise, I’ll be right here.”
I handed Dad his reins and mounted quickly. Cody seemed to sense the urgency in my actions and reached a full gallop with little urging. I guess the search took about a half hour, and when I returned, I found Dad in a bit of difficulty. The boy had awakened, the wolves had returned, and Dad sat surrounded by fifteen angry-looking American Indian men. I had no idea what tribe.
Stay calm—Mom’s mantra for any situation in our time or in the past—and use your intelligence. Instead, I rode straight down the hill toward Dad, dismounted, and handed him the two sturdy straight sticks. Next, I reached for my saddlebag and pulled out my extra shirt and the Bowie knife. That might have been a mistake, as two of the Indian men shouted and gestured. So I held up the knife and the shirt and turned toward one of the calmer men. Then, I cut the shirt and began tearing it into strips, tossing each to Dad.
C. M. Huddleston believes in enjoying your work and fulfilling your dreams. So, she became an Army wife, mother, elementary school teacher, archaeologist, and historic preservation consultant—she loved everyone of those roles. After doing all that, Connie remembered her dream, and in 2006, she finished and published her first book! Now she has thirteen published volumes, all dealing with our nation’s past. While five are written for children, her other works are histories for adults on a variety of subjects. She has won awards for her books from Literary Classics, Kindle Book Awards, and Purple Dragonfly Book Awards.
Connie writes in an upstairs office in a log cabin in Kentucky, where she lives with her husband Charlie and their Australian Shepherd Katie. Many days you’ll find her gazing out the window and seeing with her mind’s eye all of the events of the past that once occurred and planning how to make them into a story, just for you.
Celena Janton – The Songbird and the Secret
When Katharina Simeon makes a secret promise, she never stops to wonder what consequences may come of it. Yet 200 years later, far from her home in 18th century England, that very promise is carried across time and the Atlantic to rest upon her descendant…
Melissa Benjamin discovers her eleventh great-grandmother’s journal while researching her senior history project. Sent down a path she never imagined venturing, Katharina’s intriguing story leads Melissa on a quest to find the parents she’s never known even as she unravels a secret spanning generations. During her search, history buff and schoolgirl crush, Tom Berington, offers to help… but will his aid come at a price too high to pay? And what secrets of his own is Tom hiding?
The Songbird and the Secret is a blend of historical and contemporary Christian fiction sweeping from 18th century England to pre-Revolutionary America, onward to life today. As the reader discovers Katharina’s thrilling story along with Melissa, a mysterious tale weaves together the lives of these two women separated by hundreds of years but joined through an ancient family secret. When each is faced with heartrending disappointment, will she cling to the one who loves her unconditionally?
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