Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Review of The Inventor's Secret by Chad Morris

Does anyone else have a tough time finding the perfect read for their kids age 8-12ish? Well, it's always a challenge around here. Luckily there are so many great books that I've been introduced to that lately my kids and I have been thoroughly enjoying our reading time.
The Inventor's Secret by Chad Morris is one of them. I'm reading it to my girls right now and from the first pages they were hooked!
Before I share more about the book with you, I'd like to note that this is Chad's debut novel and the release coincides with some rough times for his family. Shortly before the book's release, they discovered that their nine-year-old daughter had a brain tumor and she underwent surgery to remove it. She is still in recovery.
Here's more details so that you can follow Chad's story:

Book: CRAGBRIDGE HALL: THE INVENTOR'S SECRET (Shadow Mountain, 3/5/13)
The blog post where Chad talks about his daughter: http://writingwithshellyandchad.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-more-important-dream.html
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chad.morris.5
Twitter: @ChadCMorris

And what is this book about?

Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don’t read history, but watch it happen in 3-D holograms—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. But when their grandfather and parents go missing, the twins begin following a trail of clues left by their grandfather. They must find out where their family is, learn who they can trust, discover what secrets are hidden within Cragbridge Hall, and decide whether they should learn from history, or attempt to change what has already happened.

Online reviewer, Kevin Hiatt, in possession of an advance copy, writes on GoodReads:  “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.”

If you're looking for an incredibly unique spin on a fantastic adventure through history, Cragbridge Hall is the place to be. I want to go there! But I'll settle for reading the books with my kids.

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