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.
A page-turning, time-travel adventure that teaches powerful lessons about choice and consequence, believing you can do hard things, and valuing history.
So here’s the second book in the Cragbridge Hall series, and as you can tell from the title, it focuses on the Avatars. Avatars are robots that mimic animals and allow their human hosts to experience what it is like to be a gorilla, a rhino, or a giraffe, to name a few. This story picks up where the last one left off, with the adults all safe and the kids are being introduced to a brand new world where time travel is possible and the past is being threatened by a terrible foe who thinks that history should be changed so no one has to ever lose again. Derick and Abby are just starting to realize the damage that can be done by this man, and the council of the keys (those who know about the time travel) are slowly being taken out. Abby and Derick are trying to find out how to help and expose whoever it is that has betrayed them. This is a fun addition to the series, it focuses a lot more on Derick than the first novel, so we get to know Abby’s twin better and see that he’s not as infallible as he was painted in the first book. Again, we get neat history lessons while reading and epic avatar battles by the end. Mystery abounds once more and we’re left wondering, who will save the day?
I give it a 3.25 out of 5- above average, if only just.