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The Inventor's Secret

(Cragbridge Hall #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  2,182 ratings  ·  270 reviews
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. Twin siblings Abby and Derick Cragbridge are
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Shadow Mountain
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Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, I wrote it, so it isn't really fair. But I couldn't resist. I hope you love it.
Kevin Hiatt
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of Cragbridge Hall, The Inventor's Secret. First off.. loved it, and more importantly, my 9 year old, reading averse, son loved it.

Love books that can combine learning with good storyline/plot, and Chad Morris pulls it off in a big way with this book. Storyline is inventive and not cookie cutter like some MG books tend to be. Characters are not only entertaining, but relatable. My son could name friends at school or in our family that matched up with e
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
While this book is geared towards a younger audience (Middle Grade), it did much more than just keep my attention! The story is filled with historical facts and experiences that transported me as a reader. I found myself amazed by the trials that several people in history faced and left me with the desire to learn more.

In addition, I really enjoyed the characters and the storyline. Very creative and original. Now my two daughters are reading it and love it so far!
Donna Weaver
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. Twin siblings Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as new students to use their famed grandfather's inventions that make Cragbridge Hall so incredible.
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know where to start - I loved this book SO MUCH!
So inventive! (no pun intended!!!)
I truly believe this is going to be one of the best books of 2013! It will rank right up there with Harry Potter! I loved every single chapter and every single page.
I've already ordered some copies to use as prizes for my students at school and I am definitely ordering more. Plus my own copies, of course!

I could read this over and over again and I know my kids will too!
Absolutely brilliant!
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Cragbridge Hall Book 1: The Inventor's Secret is about a school for intelligent kids in the year 2074. Here they don't just read about history, they live it! There are so many things in this book that made me wish I could teach at a school like this.They truly make learning fun by being able to virtually experience their lessons.

Our twin protagonists, Abby and Derick, are excited to go Cragbridge Hall, because this is their inventor Grandfather's school. There is an adventure around every cor
My son's and my rating 2.5 stars! Overall, there were gaps in things, the first part of the book dragged and was hard to get into. My son was confused and so was I about things having to do with the time machine. The book is good in some parts but overall as an entire book it lacked.

I asked my son if he wanted to continue in this series, he is unsure at this time. However, most of the time that's a no! He recommends reading the Janitors series for people interested in a good sci fi/fantasy book
Shannon Symonds
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the Deseret Bookshelf Audiobook with Kirby Heyborn reading it. Initially I put it on for 6-year-old Elliott during a 4-hour drive. The entire car got into the story. I loved the creative inventions which felt like Orson Welles 1984 predictions. The school in the story gave it a Harry Potter feel with a completely original twist. As a writer, I felt it was well done. I had a seven hour ride last week and burned through the next book alone. It is fun for adults.
I would highly recom
Micah Grant
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I love the story and how he weaves in historical facts, and emphasizes how important education and wisdom is throughout the book.
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Cragbridge Hall is a exciting story. It reminds me a little of Harry Potter in the facts that a lot of it is at a boarding school. Teens have to be smart and save the day. It is a action, history, adventure and fantasy story. It is aimed at middle school ages. It is also a clean read.

Abby and Derick Cragbridge are starting at the best middle school in the world. Derick got in because he is a genius. Abby first got a rejection letter than later that week got a letter saying she is in they
Marcos Carmo filho
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Took a couple of hours to get hooked on this. All you get for that time is a whiny, stupid protagonist (Abby) that can't stand up for herself and repeatedly acts unreasonably. For two hours, I was listening to a "slice-of-life" in a futuristic high school from the perspective of a character I wound up never caring for. Between that and the uninspired narration, I was about to return this book. After all that time, I still had no reason to care for the story.

Then the book actually started towards
Susan Johnson
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had the opportunity to preview this great new book for young adults that comes out this week. So if you're looking for something new to read that's clean, funny, and teaches some great values, this is it! It's science fiction and history all in one book.

This book had all my favorite ingredients – everything from a funny, imaginative, fast paced, exciting mystery to the more thought provoking study of human nature, morals, lessons in history and their application - all without being preachy or
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May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Inventor's Secret is a book set in 2074 about two students of high-tech Cragbridge Hall, Abby and Derick Cragbridge, who try to find their parents and grandfather after they are kidnapped. Luckily, their grandfather, who founded Cragbridge Hall, left clues along the way in order to help the twins find out where they all are. This search is not easy because their grandfather has enemies from the past who are trying to find out their grandfather's secrets.

I think other kids would enjoy it bec
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a very fun read. It was very compelling and I finished it in 3 days (it only took that long because work, sleep, and being a responsible husband/father kept getting in the way). I think if I had the chance to go to Cragbridge Hall, I would have enjoyed school a whole lot more! This story was very imaginative and entertaining. Chad Morris also did a great job of choosing some of the less popular historical events. Although this book's target audience is Middle Grade children, I even lear ...more
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
While I loved this book because it was a fun fast read, I was pleasantly suprised by the tidbits of history woven throughout the novel. These insights into the past truly captured not only the imagination, but also taught real and lasting lessons. Though I wasn't planning on it, I loved this book enough to stay up late and finish it in 3 days - not something I've had the pleasure to do for a while. Definitely going to make sure my nieces and nephews get this one on their shelf. I can't wait for ...more
Sam Lantz
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I ever read! It is one of my favorite adventure books! I recommend this to people who like to go on adventures and read about them. I am currently reading the second one (The Avatar Battle). I am a writer and this series will change how I write.
This futuristic story will probably change other peoples lives. I wish I could rate it beyond 5 stars!
A wonderfully enjoyable middle grade book. Good characters on a great quest. A fun book with clues they followed and a lot of heart. I enjoyed it tons!
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
So I did not have high expectations from this series, coming from a very small publisher and never having heard of the author, I thought they would be a bit amateur-ish. I bought the books on clearance. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this and the 2nd book, both of which I have finished. The premise is interesting, set in a futuristic world but refreshingly NOT post-apocalyptic like most of the futuristic novels now! The characters are interesting and well-developed and the story unravels ...more
Cj W
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children, Sci-Fi lovers,
Hey Folks!

This is just a great book for kids. It's part of the 'Crabridge Hall' series, book #1.

I've never read anything by Chad Morris, the author, but he's a long the lines of Brandon Mull, as far as a good story with action and some morals

This one is about two kids who are starting at the school built and basically founded by their Grandfather, who's found a way to view actual events from the past, via imagery, as if they were happening right in the classroom. So You can see the Titanic sin
Nathan Lasson
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed “The Inventor’s Secret” by Chad Morris because of its setting. It occurs in the year 2070, where Cragbridge Hall, the best school in the world, shows amazing new technology. Instead of reading history, students experience it. Instead of learning about animals, they feel what it’s like to be them. A pair of twins enter this school and experience great adventures in it. While one is incredibly talented, always achieving perfect grades, the other is more lacking. Their grandfather made th ...more
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Twins Abby and Derick Cragbridge have just been accepted into the highly prestigious inventor's school, Cragbridge Hall. Founded by their grandfather, they have an in to the school and soon Abby is being shunned because of her heritage, not her abilities. Then their grandfather and parents are kidnapped, and Abby and Derick must use all their creative abilities and talents to find and rescue them. Cragbridge Hall is full of futuristic inventions (the ability to go back in time to experience hist ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alex’s teacher has been reading this to his class as the read aloud book last year and this year. Then the author came to our school. He was at Barnes & Noble signing books so we bought the series. Since I don’t have time to read for pleasure (reading for my masters is all I have time for right now). What I do have is plenty of time in the car these days with my long commute and I have discovered Deseret Books audiobooks. So I have been listening to this in the car with my kids. I am really enjo ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked The Inventors Secret, because it was a fun and exciting read. There were a few problems with Chad Morris's work though. The first is that the ending is easy to predict. The story was a little obvious at some points, not leaving any thinking to the reader. The story also moved along too quickly, and some parts were confusing. However, his story had an excellent plot line which was engaging. He also was able to come up with futuristic inventions that would be fascinating and new to the rea ...more
Michael Hanks
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I gave this book a 4 out of 10 because i liked the story. The story was well written and had me on my teos the whole time. The book has a good amount of mystery in it as well, so that was interesting. The whole story was generally pretty generic, that's why i only gave it 4, but it was still fun to read. Some of the more complex parts weren't generic. I did really like how the individual challenges were set up towards the end. They were creepy and mysterious. The whole book just felt nice to rea ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a delightful surprise! I randomly grabbed this from the library shelf and am so glad I did! It was an audio book for me and I was even delighted with the narrator, whom I was familiar with as an actor but didn't know he also narrates audio books. He had an excellent performance, I loved the characters, the plot moves forward at a good pace and has unexpected twists and turns, and the kids learn great lessons through their wise inventor grandfather. What's not to love?!
Becky H.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Abby and Derick are adjusting to life at a new school but when their when Grandpa Cragbridge is kidnapped it is up to his grandchildren to follow the clues through his inventions to discover his secret. The secret that will change everything in the past and future.

Fantastic audio to have take on a road trip!

#50/50BookQuest categories= book set in the future, author's first book, author I'd never read before, recommended by a friend, and an animal on the cover.
Andrea Wright
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was checked out to me from the library as a surprise so I did not pick it up myself. Boy am I happy that I got to read and I am so bummed that the library is not open to get me book 2!! Took me a bit to get into this book, more from outside issues than anything with the book, but then it just got better and better and I was never able to figure out exactly what was going to happen next. Two thumbs way up :)
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really fun, adventure-mystery set in the future. It kept me guessing the whole way through. It is another piece of junior fiction I will be recommending to my daughter when she is a little older. I enjoyed all the references to current-day items and technology, like books and smart phones, as out-dated historic items.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
My seven year old chose this book, and he loved it, although it was a little over his head at times. I hope he will reread it on his own in a few years. I was impressed with it as a good resource to teach empathy and the importance of history. I really liked that the main characters are a girl and boy set of twins making it a great book my daughters can relate to in a few years too.
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Chad Morris coauthored Mustaches for Maddie with his wife, Shelly Brown. It is based on the story of their daughter who faced a brain tumor with humor and optimism. He is also the author of the Cragbridge Hall series (The Inventor's Secret, The Avatar Battle, and The Impossible Race). Books in this series won the Utah Book award and the Silver Foreword INDIES award for Juvenile fiction. Chad also ...more

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