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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"A fantastical futuristic read that should engage kids and families." (Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times best-selling author)

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A detailed and compelling!

We could not stop listening. Lots of fun twists and turns. A Very interesting mystery. I recommend it with my highest stamp of approval!

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Abby will have you crying and cheering!

If you could sum up Cragbridge Hall, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

Vivid, visual mystery

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first time listening to Kirby Heyborne, but I look forward to finding other performances.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It's not easy navigating high school, but it's downright treacherous when your extra curricular activity is protecting the history of human civilization.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Pretty good

This listen was quite entertaining for a book written for young adults. I always enjoy this narrator.

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Nice Story, Kirby OK too

Is there anything you would change about this book?

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.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Loved it. Pretty nice job on the ending.

What three words best describe Kirby Heyborne’s performance?

Average, Enjoyable, OK

Could you see Cragbridge Hall, Book 1 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Well, maybe a children's story. Kids today expect a lot so I'm not sure it would fly.

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Well done

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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Fun, fast paced book

I enjoyed the story and characters. Fast enough pace to keep my interest. Well thought out story. Narrator did a good job.

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Fun for young readers

What made the experience of listening to Cragbridge Hall, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

I listened to this story with my daughter and drew parallels between this book and the Harry Potter series.

What did you like best about this story?

Abby begins to feel her own self worth

Which scene was your favorite?

The end of the book when Abby is able to ignore the slights by a girl in school who had tried her best to make Abby feel she is not good enough to be at Cragbridge Hall

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

We did listen all in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I mentioned parallels to the Harry Potter series. The stories are not much alike, but there are some similarities. There are three main child characters. The children are sent away to a school to develop their abilities. They solve a mystery and save the day through investigating and resolving to resolve the problems. Finally it becomes a situation that jeopardizes not just these children but the world as we know it and the kids are responsible for saving our world.

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great story for the whole family

well written start to a new series. Can't wait for more. excellent timing and a good twist at the right tone male it am r excellent listen.

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Enjoyable.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I wouldn't know what to change, but it seemed to be a lesser version of several other books.

Would you recommend Cragbridge Hall, Book 1 to your friends? Why or why not?

I would, if they were looking for a light read and liked children's fiction. I didn't realize this was a book for older elementary or middle schoolers when I bought it. I'm guessing that kids will really like this book.

Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

Abby. It was easy to empathize with her.

Do you think Cragbridge Hall, Book 1 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It has several.

Any additional comments?

I found myself wishing that audio books came with illustrations like regular kids' books do.

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  • Nathan
  • SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States
  • 09-19-14

Cute story, but faded at the end....

This was a good book. I usually quite enjoy young adult books, and this one is no different. Maybe they are just more on my level than I want to admit. Haha... This was a great storyline, but I did feel as if the story got a little too big for the author by the end. The last 1/3 of the novel was not as satisfying for me as the beginning, but well worth completing! The narrator did a fine job, too. Very good.