Author: Chad Morris
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Published: March 4th, 2014
Hardcover: 352 pages
FTC FYI: Received a hardcover copy from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.
The adventure continues when Abby and Derick begin 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.
The Avatar Battle is another reason why I love, love, love Middle Grade books. Chad Morris has got himself a hit with this series. The Avatar Battle is even better than The Inventor's Secret. The action hits you right at first, and develops a great mystery that had me guessing until the end, which I love! There are very fun twists and turns that I wasn't expecting that kept me turning pages fast!
One of the things I liked the most was the conflict Abby was having with herself. She doubts how great she is because of her grades. I can relate to that in my own family with one of my daughters. After some challenges and set backs, Abby starts to realize that she is needed and important. Derick also tested with challenges to overcome. He wants to join a club at school and feels he will never be good enough either. The twins probably don't even realize they have this in common. Abby also asks her grandfather an important question as to what is happening on the Bridge and adds to this exciting adventure as Abby, Derick, Carol and others race to figure out the threat to Cragbridge Hall.
5 out of 5 stars. If you are new to this series, definitely start with the first book, The Inventor's Secret.