Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cragbridge Hall: The Inventor’s Secret ~ Blog Tour

I love books that can combine learning with a good storyline/plot, and Chad Morris pulls it off in a big way with this book.  I will add that there were some incredible facts in the book that must have cost the author hours of research time to get right. Impressive in scope and detail.” ~ Kevin Hiatt, online reviewer

https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/1/?ui=2&ik=9d27dcc408&view=att&th=13c8d3025a15dd33&attid=0.1&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P9Wr6w2JBVKXb2umT2S5lyw&sadet=1364350582220&sads=ruFerXK-mofGAZ0RkNFnGhKkmg0Cragbridge Hall: The Inventor’s Secret 
by Chad Morris
ISBN: 978-1-60907-326-8 
$12.23 (paperback)
$9.99 (kindle)

About the book:
Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don't read history, but watch it happen around them; where running in gym class isn't around a track, but up a virtual mountain; and where learning about animals means becoming one through an avatar. Welcome to Cragbridge Hall, the most advanced and prestigious school in the world.

Twins Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as new students to use their famed grandfather's inventions that make Cragbridge Hall so incredible. But when their grandfather and parents go missing, the twins must follow a mysterious trail of clues left by their grandfather. They must find out where their family is, learn who they can trust, and discover what secrets are hidden within Cragbridge Hall.

Abby and Derick soon realize they are caught in a race with a fierce adversary to discover their grandfather's greatest secret—a dangerous discovery that could alter both history and reality.

My thoughts:
The Inventor's Secret is a great book filled with action and beautiful, sweeping displays of actual history in 3D (my favorite part of the book is the indepth descriptions of the history lessons). After receiving a locket from their grandfather who is the founder of Cragbridge Hall and an inventor extraordinaire they find themselves on an adventure of a lifetime when their grandfather and parents disappear leaving the kids to find their family and solve a riddle and mystery in order for them to succeed.

This is the 1st book in the Cragbridge Series - I'll be honest I did have some issues getting into this book. It's very well written which is wonderful however I found it a bit slow. Derick is a genius among all the other gifted kids who have helped society in some way. Unfortunately Abby who never seemed to have a problem with not being a genius finds herself on the wrong side of the door to her new room and with her new roommate who thinks she was only allowed to come to Cragbridge Hall because she is the founder's granddaughter. Abby's character seemed to be more thought out than Derick's and really I felt this was Abby's story. I'd suggest this book for girls in the 5th to 7th grade years and thought it would be a great mother/daughter book that would open discussions about preteen feelings (we all know they have them) and how what we say and do affects those around us. 

Disclaimer: I was offered a copy of the book to read and review on CCB. I was not required to have a positive review and no money exchanged hands. 

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