Sunday, March 2, 2014

Review - The Avatar Battle - Cragbridge Hall, Volume 2 by Chad Morris

The adventure continues when Abby and Derick begin their second semester at Cragbridge Hall, the most prestigious secondary school in the world. But when Grandpa Cragbridge admits them to the Council of Keys—a secret group of people who have keys to travel back in time—strange things begin to happen. One by one, members are found unconscious and unable to wake, their keys stolen. Now Abby and Derick must scramble to figure out who is behind the attacks before they become the next victims, which would give their enemy the power to change the past forever.

Review by: Scott 

4 stars

The Avatar Battle is the second book in the Cragbridge Hall series by Chad Morris.  Muns is back with a new plan on how to get access to time travel for himself.  Derick, Abby, Rafa, and Carol will once again be vital in stopping him.

This was another very strong YA book by Chad Morris.  The kid characters are all extremely well done with each having an attribute that they excel with.  Carol definitely shines through as the family favorite in my house though.  I have read the first book and am halfway through this one as a bedtime story for my daughter and my wife seems to really enjoy Carol's personality.  She is a little bit flighty and can be a bit annoying, but she also has a great heart and can be hilarious at times.

In this book the story of Rafa is revealed a bit more.  He made several references to to the fact that Oscar Cragbridge did something for him in the past.  That is the reason he was so willing to help Derick and Abby when Oscar was kidnapped.  This story tells what exactly Oscar did for Rafa and why he is so intensely loyal.

One of the coolest things about this series is seeing all of the technology that is available to the students at Cragbridge Hall.  If a device that allows you to actually watch the past as it is happening isn't enough, there is a ton of new stuff the kids get to play with in this book.  Also as the name of this book implies that avatars once again play a huge role in the story.  I have recommended this series to pretty much everyone I know that has a child in the right age range, or that I know enjoys reading the middle school/YA genre.  The second book is another standout offering and I'm very eager to see what else is coming out of Cragbridge Hall.

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