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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
There is something unsettling about the grand home of Creighton Hill. There is something equally unsettling about the Hubbard family, especially if you’re twelve years old. Every twenty years, since twelve-year-old George Hubbard mysterious disappeared in 1800, there has been a missing twelve-year-old Hubbard. No one can explain these disappearances, so the accepted version is that they died tragically. Only Grampa knows what really happened. Or, at least he knows the legends. It’s up to his grandchildren, after he dies, to discover the link, the disappearing mystery and find the missing Hubbard twelve-year-olds. What they find is another world, one under malicious control, one that they must save before they can return to their own time and place.
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke’s middle-grade fantasy novel, Creighton Hill, is the first in the Time Captives series. The plot revolves around the current day Hubbard children, Emily, Allan, Jill, Joey, and Anna, as they settle into their ancestral home, Creighton Hill. As the plot develops, the reader learns about the other twelve-year-old Hubbards. Each new story insertion is detailed with a date so the reader can easily follow the jumps in time. As the plot thickens, the adventure draws the Hubbards closer to each other as the family becomes the ties that bind. The characters are all well developed with their own unique childhood qualities. The reader has to wait for book 2 to find out what the Hubbard children will do to complete their mission and find a way home. Like C.S. Lewis's much loved Narnia series, Creighton Hill and its wardrobes and trunks full of mysteries will appeal to the middle grade reading audience. A powerful drama that stresses the importance of family.