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.
©2013 Chad Morris (P)2013 Shadow Mountain
"A fantastical futuristic read that should engage kids and families." (Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times best-selling author)
Light, historical & entertaining
When a character is mauled by a bear in what proves to be a very realistic simulator.
The characters experience with 'driving' the avatar, while climbing into the watchtower.
Almost managed it, an afternoon and the following morning while in the workshop. I actually used this book as a successful sorbet to remove the experience of a less well written and performed novel.
I'll definitely be following the characters in the sequel.
It was such a fun listen. The narrator was amazing. I seriously hope that someone in the tv production field would take a look at this. Looking forward to the next two books.
a good teen read. neat ideas for futuristic junior high. fun characters and good drama.
Eclectic, fun, zesty. Life is too short to not live fully.
Vivid, visual mystery
The author did not hold back on fully developing the teen relationships in this book. The scenes are vivid; Abby and Derrick don't get a free pass in this book. They go through real challenges adolescents face. I could see Abby's face as she realizes she's not going to be accepted. Derrick's fear surrounded me when he didn't succeed at a task the first time. The narrator expertly captured the nuances of the interaction between characters. Although I was able to figure out the villain before it was revealed, it was a pleasure hearing the story unfold.
This is my first time listening to Kirby Heyborne, but I look forward to finding other performances.
It's not easy navigating high school, but it's downright treacherous when your extra curricular activity is protecting the history of human civilization.
This book was the perfect easy listen. I found myself completely engrossed in the characters. I cheered, laughed, became sad and smiled as the author and narrator pulled me into the story. The bridge is the perfect centerpiece to build this story around. The children aren't superhuman; they make mistakes and have awkward moments. Abby and Derrick learn they are stronger than they initially believe and they make good friends along the way.
I think the narrator did a nice job but the girl really seems too depressed in the narration. Just needs a pick-me-up here and there.
Loved it. Pretty nice job on the ending.
Average, Enjoyable, OK
Well, maybe a children's story. Kids today expect a lot so I'm not sure it would fly.
Interesting story, moved along. I really liked the way of resolving tension with the bête noire character, and putting such a person's actions in perspective. The narrator did a great job with different voices.
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