Every year the futuristic school, Cragbridge Hall, holds its most popular tournament, the Race, a series of challenges that require the use of the school’s amazing inventions, like its holographic time machine. But this year is different. Rather than a monetary or academic award, this year’s winner will be the recipient of a carefully guarded school secret, a secret that could prove both powerful and dangerous.
Afraid that the secret may be one of their Grandfather’s inventions, Abby and Derick gather their friends and enroll in the contest. But when Derick gets a mysterious message from the future, the team of friends must figure out how to succeed even when they know they are destined to fail. The stakes have never been higher in this page-turning, time-travel adventure that teaches powerful lessons about choice and consequence, believing in yourself, and valuing the lessons of history.
CHAD MORRIS would love to be able to control animal avatars, see history in 3D, and show everyone how he imagines stories. Since the inventions that would make that possible currently exist only in his imagination, he settles for reading, writing, playing basketball, rappelling down an occasional slot canyon, dating his wife, and hanging out with his five awesome kids in his home state of Utah.
5 out of 5 stars
The Impossible Race is the final book in Chad Morris’ Cragbridge Hall trilogy. When I was approached about reviewing this book, I’ll admit I hadn’t read the first two books yet. I remedied that situation and was super excited to discover another great series for kids. These books follow twins Abby and Derick through their first wild year at Cragbridge Hall, the school their grandfather founded.
While Derick is a genius and fits right into this elite academy, Abby has always struggled in school and is only their through her grandfather’s intervention. She soon proves her own mettle and worth though as she takes on Charles Muns, a man set on using Oscar Cragbridge’s greatest invention, a bridge between the past, present, and future, in order to rule the world. I enjoyed that both twins go through a journey of self-discovery over the course of the three books. By this last one, they have grown to understand and appreciate themselves and each other better. Now when one of their lives hangs in the balance, they must decide to trust their closest friends with the secret the twins have been given.
With the grownups out of commission due to Muns’s revenge from the last book, the twins have to find a way to change the dark future they’ve been warned about. A future that ends in death. The Race, an annual school event, is the perfect parallel to the actual race against time and Muns the twins and their friends face. The challenges and how they mirror what they are up against in reality is brilliant. I loved seeing the many awesome inventions, both familiar and new, put into practice in this book. So cool! I have to admit if I had the choice between Hogwarts and Cragbridge Hall, I don’t know which one I would pick to attend. I mean the ability to learn history in 3-D and experience the awesome virtual realities? Yes, please. The only thing that bothered me was the growth in the relationship between Abby and Derick. It is told, but I would have preferred to see it shown a bit more.
All in all, a great read for middle readers with plenty of cool facts and twist and turns to keep them entertained. It shows that you don’t have to be the brightest or the best to make a big difference. Perseverance and hard work are the best tools anyone can have to reach future success. Some great lessons without being overly didactic. I definitely learned a thing or two.