Cragbridge Hall, Book 3: The Impossible Race
by Chad Morris
In the final book of the Cragbridge Hall trilogy, Abby, Derick, and their friends must utilize their skills in time travel and technology to survive roving bands of dinosaurs, race through space, build robots, and fight virtual dragons.
It’s known as the Race—an annual tournament where teams of students compete in the hopes of winning an unbelievable prize. But before this year’s competition, Derick and Abby receive a terrifying message from the future: Charles Muns’s plan to control history is going to succeed. It will cost countless people their lives and change the destiny of the world. And there is nothing anyone can do to stop them.
Despite the danger, the twins gather their friends and enter the Race, ready to compete against the best of the best in order to claim what might turn out to be a key of ultimate power.
Can they compete the Race in time and stop Muns? Or has the future already been written?
A page-turning, time-travel adventure that teaches powerful lessons about choice and consequence, believing you can do hard things, and valuing our history.
By Melanie, Submitted on 2015-05-02
This is a book and series that I could go on and on (and on) about, but what it boils down to is this: It's fantastic!! What a fabulous way to end this series! I don't want to say too much, either, because it is a series that needs to be experienced to truly appreciate it.
Abby and Derick are shocked to learn that their grandfather's secret is the award for the winner of the annual race. They form a team so they can hopefully win and keep the secret from getting into the wrong hands or becoming common knowledge. The stakes are high and the challenges are difficult but they are determined to do their best.
Abby deals with her insecurities as the leader of their team thinks that she and Carol are liabilities. She feels the need to continually prove herself worthy of being at Cragbridge Hall. Her nemesis, Jacqueline, is also still around and continues to make her feel like she doesn't belong, which stresses Abby out even more. There's also added pressure as they learn something about Derick which raises the stakes even higher for them to succeed.
Carol continues to bring comic relief to otherwise tense situations. She still has a major crush on Derick and isn't shy about letting him know. Derick faces the reality of his situation and we learn more about him. His challenges are different than Abby's but he still has things to deal with.
This is a fun, fast-paced read with adventure, time travel, history, futuristic technology, humor, and plenty of twists and turns. The team challenges were exciting! From our past experiences with this series, we knew we would want to keep reading more so we carved out extra time for this book. Mr. Morris has a great sense of humor and a way to make history interesting and relevant. My children and I read a lot of books and this is hands down our all-time favorite series which we recommend to everyone!!
By M.R. Buttars, Submitted on 2015-04-27
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.
*I received a free book from Shadow Mountain in return for my honest review*
By Heidi G., Submitted on 2015-04-23
The conclusion to the Cragbridge Hall trilogy is full of twists and turns and plenty of excitement. Abby and Derick and their friends are once again up against Charles Muns who is determined to use the Bridge (a time travel device) to control the world. After receiving a message from the future that shakes them up, Abby and Derick are forced to face off with Muns without the aide of their parents and grandfather. It all seems to revolve around the Race that the school sponsors every year. After recruiting as many of the best students as they can, the team must win the Race in hopes of stopping Muns once and for all. Once again, Chad Morris takes readers on a thrill ride as we follow the twins through their adventures.
I loved the technology that Morris has created. The ability to use virtual reality to be a falcon for instance would be fantastic, especially for those like me who tend to be a bit klutzy. I also really appreciated that the possible consequences of changing the past are explored along with the ramifications of the desires of one person overpowering the good of the whole. I enjoyed this book very much.
By Bonnie Harris, Submitted on 2015-04-06
This was a fantastic ending to a wonderful series. It is a race that is worth running, and I couldn't stop turning the pages. I honestly didn't expect what happened at the end. I couldn't see how the kids were going to come out on top, but they did and the ending was very fitting. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great adventure. Be sure to check out the first two books in the Cragbridge Hall series.
By Monica @ TheReadathon, Submitted on 2015-04-06
My boys (13 and 11) and I loved the first two books in this series, and have been counting down the days until this one came out. It's finally here, and it did not disappoint! It is the perfect ending (Does it really have to end?) to such a fun series. I love the characters in this book. Abby, Derick, Carol, and Rafa continue in this story, and there are some great new characters as well. I love Abby's attitude, and I love that she never gives up. She grows a lot in this book, which is good to see. You actually see a slightly more vulnerable side to Derick in this book, which makes him seem more real and likable. Carol is still hilarious; I love her wit and charm. There are so many great lessons in this book: never give up, always try your best, look at things in new ways. I love that it makes being smart and trying hard in school a good thing. There isn't as much history in this book as there was in the first two, but there are other things that make up the difference. Think dinosaurs, dragons, robots, the future, space, and spies. I highly recommend this book and series for any middle-grader, and even a little older. It would make a fantastic read-aloud. There is no profanity and no "intimacy," although there is some minor violence when they fight dragons and robots. You may read my full review on my book blog: the-readathon.blogspot.com.
By Rhonda Laney, Submitted on 2015-03-14
I really this adventure series. It is a fun dangerous adventure in a school of smart kids. Everyone of the kids but one are super smart. Abby is just normal smart her twin brother is way smart. There Grandfather created Cragbridge Hall and he made exception for Abby.
Abby does not give up, she runs fast, cares about others and risks her life to save everyone.
Derick Cragbridge is a twin. Abby, Derick and two of their friends, Rafa and Carol have learned some of their Grandfather's secrets about time-travel. They have learned how to go to the past and the present. There is only a select few that know and have keys to travel. They have had two previous adventures to stop a group of bad guys led by Muns.
Muns has learned about the machine to travel in time but he needs three keys to work the machine he stole. He wants to go back and change lots of things so he becomes powerful.
Abby & Derick learn there is a plan to take over a race in the school so that he can get the keys. A lot of the good guys are unconscious so it is up to the kids to save everyone. So Abby & Derick gather a group of kids to race through the challenges to win.
Through all the great inventions you learn about history in a fun way. It is exciting, I love the lessons about doing your best and learning through trials. How much you grow from them. What would you change in the past could effect your present. If you knew the ending of your life you might not achieve what you could do.
I would love to read more in this series, but I don't know if their will be more to it. The twins have only been to school one year that took three books to tell their adventures.
I love the science fiction of this story. That it makes you think about your choices. Also it is a clean read.
I was given this ebook to read and in return I agreed to give a honest review of The Impossible Race.