Every year the futuristic school, Cragbridge Hall, holds its most popular tournament--the Race: a series of challenges that range throughout the school and require the use of its amazing inventions like its holographic time machine! But this year is different. Rather than a monetary or academic reward, 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 several friends and enroll. 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. A page-turning, time-travel adventure that teaches powerful lessons about choice and consequence, believing you can do hard things, and valuing our history.
About the Author
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 occasion slot canyon, dating his wife, and hanging out with his five awesome kids. Chad speaks Portuguese, can play the Phineas and Ferb theme song on the guitar, and does decent impressions of a velociraptor and Voldemort--but not at the same time. He isn't very good at fixing his car, shopping for anything, cooking, or growing hair.
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CHAPTER 1: THE BACK-UP PLAN With a flick of a finger, the mercenary's gun barrel emerged from his tan sleeve and aligned with his index finger. He pointed it at a woman tied and gagged in the corner. She shifted on the dirt ground, trying to get comfortable. Beneath her blindfold she couldn't see the gun. "Nao quero esperar mais," the mercenary said. The hostage froze. A short man with a fat stomach and a patchy beard stood up and waved his hands to stop the gunman. Abby triggered her translator. It was hard to spy when you couldn't understand what the people were saying. She had been ready to intervene if the bearded man hadn't stopped the gunman, but as long as they stayed calm, she wanted to see if she could get any valuable information. Her translator recognized the Portuguese and narrated in English in the small speaker in her ear. "Put that away," the man with the patchy beard commanded. "I'm tired of waiting," the gunman in the tan shirt replied and sent his barrel back into his sleeve. He opened the door to the small cinderblock house and light flooded in. Abby had to blink several times to get used to it. The man peered out at a dirt trail. It didn't look like anyone else lived within miles. "Shouldn't Muns have told us whether to kill her or let her go by now?"
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5 STARS 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.
From falcons to rhinos, Beowulf to robotics, Nathan Hale to Joan of Arc- this book has it all. It is all masterfully woven into a futuristic story of determination and friendship. The story is full of action, twists, and turns. The author really 'gets' the Jr High age characters and their insecurities, relationships, and quirks. I LOVE the life lessons that are woven into the story; having confidence in yourself despite others opinions, good friends can help you make it through any challenge, the future is determined by choices we make, etc.. It was a great conclusion to the series. I can't wait to see what Mr. Morris writes next!