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C.M. Huddleston has hit upon the secret of good reading for middle-graders in her award-winning Greg’s First Adventure in Time. The formula includes taking a respectful but sarcastic 12-year old boy, an adult ready to share an interesting life calling—such as Greg’s own mother’s career in archeology—a magical travel in time, and the discovery of a new land that comes complete with some soon-to-be new friends. In Greg’s First Adventure in Time, Greg travels from his mother’s worksite at Cresaptown, on the edge of the Potomac River in Maryland, to a time with some native Americans who once called the area “home”—at least for a part of their year. Young readers will learn something of the lingo of the archaeologist, some facts about the scientific process a dig requires, and some details about those who’ve gone before.
Greg’s First Adventure in Time is sure to be enjoyed by young readers. Greg has just the right amount of sass to keep him interesting. But parents, too, can appreciate the series, as Greg also shows respect for his elders, for information, learning, and history. He is a ready student—and sure to encourage other young and ready students to keep reading, as they’ll find many adventures through the leaves of the pages of a book, to faraway times and lands, just as is presented in C.M.Huddleston's tales.