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Monday, March 10, 2014

Cragbridge Hall, Volume 2: The Avatar Battle by Chad Morris-Blog Tour Review

Product Details

  • Title:Cragbridge Hall, Volume 2: The Avatar Battle 
  • Author: Chad Morris
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain
  • Sold by: Amazon 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609078098
  • FTC FYI: Received a review hard copy from Shadow Mountain in exchange for an honest review.

Book Description

February 28, 2014

The adventure continues when Abby and Derick begin their second semester at Cragbridge Hall, the most prestigious secondary school in the world. But when Grandpa Cragbridge admits them to the Council of Keys—a secret group of people who have keys to travel back in time—strange things begin to happen. One by one, members are found unconscious and unable to wake, their keys stolen. Now Abby and Derick must scramble to figure out who is behind the attacks before they become the next victims, which would give their enemy the power to change the past forever. A page-turning, time-travel adventure that teaches powerful lessons about choice and consequence, believing you can do hard things, and valuing history.

Author Video Interview 

My Review:
I read The Avatar Battle: Cragbridge Hall Book two in less than 24 hours. How does it compare to the fabulous first book The Inventor’s Secret? The second book is just as engaging as the first book in this middle grade fantasy series. This series has some of my favorite elements in a story: humor, memorable characters, and time travel. Once again we enter the world of Cragbridge Hall where the brightest students in the year 2074 attend secondary school. Here they learn how to design their own virtual worlds and control robot animals. This is also where Grandpa Cragbridge is fighting to protect his school, and the world, from the evil Charles Muns who wants the keys to control time travel where he can change history to suit his means.

I love the adventure found in the books. The twins, Abby and Derek, also learn so much about themselves. They learn so many life lessons as they help their grandfather battle Muns. Some of the powerful messages readers will gain from this book are believing in yourself and doing hard things, realizing that with every choice you make comes great consequences, and that there are important lessons to be learned from studying about history. As a teacher I’m reminded of how much I’d love to work at a school like this one. What amazing technology happens at Cragbridge Hall!

Author Chad Morris’s writing style is fun, moving and there is never a dull moment in The Avatar Battle.  The story is a good read for anyone from 8 years old and up. Adults will enjoy this story/series as much as the tweens and teens. There are some fantastic surprises found in the last ¼ of the book. What a great way to write an exciting finish to this book. Now all that’s left to wonder is how long do we wait until book three comes out? 

You can purchase The Avatar Battle HERE

Meet Chad Morris:

Chad Morris is the author of the CRAGBRIDGE HALL series, a middle grade romp through a futuristic secondary school.

Chad Morris grew up wanting to become a professional basketball player or a rock star. (Inspired by Animal from The Muppets, he has been banging on drums since he was eight years old.) Neither of those plans quite panned out. After high school, he left the Rocky Mountains to live in Brazil for a few years then returned home to write and perform sketch comedy while going to college. He graduated from BYU with a couple of degrees and became a teacher and a curriculum writer.

Chad would love to teach at Craggbridge Academy. Unlike Oscar Craggbridge, he hasn't really invented anything, though his young son once sketched out blueprints for a machine that would turn celery into cookies.

Chad lives in Utah with his wife and five kids.

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