Author: Chad Morris
Release Date: March 2013
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Genre: Middle Reader Sci-Fi
Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don't read history, but watch it happen around them; where running in gym class isn't around a track, but up a virtual mountain; and where learning about animals means becoming one through an avatar.
Welcome to Cragbridge Hall, the most advanced and prestigious school in the world.
Twins Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as new students to use their famed grandfather's inventions that make Cragbridge Hall so incredible. But when their grandfather and parents go missing, the twins must follow a mysterious trail of clues left by their grandfather. They must find out where their family is, learn who they can trust, and discover what secrets are hidden within Cragbridge Hall.
Abby and Derick soon realize they are caught in a race with a fierce adversary to discover their grandfather's greatest secret — a dangerous discovery that could alter both history and reality.
I REALLY REALLY LOVED this book!
Fun, creative storyline told so well you will stay up way past your bedtime reading it!
I LOVED all the inventions:
History class: you "watch" what really happened.
English: a student sits in a 'chair' and while reading the other students 'see' the story.
Gym: you get to literally run up a virtual mountain.
Zoology: you become an avatar of the animal you are studying.
And the challenges Abby and Derrick have to go through to save their parents and grandfather...just wait until you read all about that...SO GOOD!
I REALLY HOPE they make a movie out of this book :)
About the Author:
Chad Morris grew up wanting to become a professional basketball player or a rock star. (Inspired by Animal from the Muppets, he’s been banging on drums since he was eight years old.) After high school, he wrote and performed sketch comedy while going to college, and eventually he became a teacher and a curriculum writer. He lives in Utah with his wife and five kids.
Chad would love to teach to Cragbridge Hall. Unlike Oscar Cragbridge, however, he wasn’t really invented anything, though his son once sketched out blueprints for a machine that would turn celery into cookies.
(A review copy of this title was provided by the publisher for this review. However, all reviews are of my own opinion :)