Blog Tour Review: The Impossible Race by Chad Morris

Welcome to my tour stop for The Impossible Race by Chad Morris! You can read my review below and here's a little intro into this book in case you're not familiar with the series...

From Chad Morris, author of The Inventer’s Secret and The Avatar Battle, the first two books of his highly acclaimed Cragbridge Hall series, comes THE IMPOSSIBLE RACE, the final installment in the epic fantasy saga eagerly anticipated by fans everywhere. Morris yet again weaves an exhilarating adventure story around his beloved characters, bringing them together one last time to face the ultimate enemy: fate. As they fight to keep a powerful secret out of the wrong hands, our heroes must simultaneously grapple with one question: Can one still win even when he or she is destined to lose?

The Impossible Race (Cragbridge Hall, #3)The Impossible Race
(Cragbridge Hall #3)
by Chad Morris
Middle Grade Science Fiction
Hardcover, 417 Pages
March 3rd 2015 by Shadow Mountain


Every year the futuristic school, Cragbridge Hall, holds its most popular tournament--the Hunt: 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.


Praise for the Book

"A fantastical futuristic read that should engage kids and families."
—Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven series

"A perfect blend of mystery, humor, and time-travel."
—Tyler Whitesides, bestselling author of the Janitors series

"Fast-paced and suspenseful. . . . A cracking good read that could make a thrilling movie."
ForeWord Reviews

My Review

I wasn't sure what the evil villain Muns was planning in this last book to the Cragbridge Series. There was obviously an evil plan and stakes were going to be high. I was happy that Rafa's mom was there to help the kids through some pretty tough situations. The ending of this one was really crazy and intense and a perfect conclusion to the series. My son also loved it and he's the target audience for this book and series.

I remembered these familiar characters from the prior books, but had forgotten how much Carol talks! It was humorous, but also took some getting used to. She's definitely a very chatty girl. It was fun to see the kids work together more in trying to figure things out and prepare for what they knew had to be coming. The plot kept moving along with plenty of suspense as to what the final scenes would involve, but knowing there would be challenges and a race for this group of characters to beat Muns and his evil plans.

With plenty of action, sarcasm, humor, and tight friendships, The Impossible Race was another great book from author Chad Morris. This is definitely a book and series I would recommend to middle grade readers.

Content: Clean

Source: I would like to thank the publisher, Shadow Mountain, for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Series & Author

Morris and his books continue to garner positive reviews from established authors, schools, and communities across the country. The popular reception of the Cragbridge Hall series has led Morris to add extensive book tours and school visits to his already busy schedule. These events have come to comprise a huge part of Morris’s modus operandi as an author and allow him the great privilege to frequently interact with and receive useful feedback from his most ardent fans.

A teacher and curriculum writer by day, Morris hopes his books will instill in young people a love of learning and particularly an appreciation for history. “As a kid, I didn’t really want to learn about history,” he said. “In fact, I thought it was boring. As I got older, I started to imagine what would be the most exciting way to learn history in school and eventually came up with the idea of an invention that allowed students to view and experience history firsthand in 3D. And if there were some crazy invention that could let them see history, then what would English class be like? And gym? From there, a school of the imagination was born, and what was once for me an aversion to history has transformed into a love of alternating between fiction and nonfiction books.”

Morris firmly believes that imagination is a help, not a hindrance, to lifelong learning, and his writing style reveals a unique flair for fusing fiction and nonfiction. “Kids, don’t be afraid to imagine and dream big,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to fantasize and see the world in a different way. Make what you read your own. As the great ones of history show us, reading and learning don’t suddenly end when school ends; they can and should be the exciting pursuit of a lifetime.”

Chad  Morris

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 occasional slot canyon, dating his wife, and hanging out with his five awesome kids in his home state of Utah.


  1. This looks like something my nephews would love! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This series is really fun! My 10-yr-old son eats it up. :)


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