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Cragbridge Hall, Book 1: The Inventor's Secret | [Chad Morris]

Cragbridge Hall, Book 1: The Inventor's Secret

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Chad Morris (P)2013 Shadow Mountain

What the Critics Say

"A fantastical futuristic read that should engage kids and families." (Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times best-selling author)

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    Patrick 04-07-14
    Patrick 04-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A short but entertaining story"

    Well worth the Daily Deal price for admission. I liked it so much that I'm purchasing Book 2 and looking forward to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 09-19-14
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 09-19-14 Member Since 2013

    Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

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    "Cute story, but faded at the end...."

    This was a good book. I usually quite enjoy young adult books, and this one is no different. Maybe they are just more on my level than I want to admit. Haha... This was a great storyline, but I did feel as if the story got a little too big for the author by the end. The last 1/3 of the novel was not as satisfying for me as the beginning, but well worth completing! The narrator did a fine job, too. Very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 08-31-14
    Pamela 08-31-14 Member Since 2008
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    "A Fun Book for Young Readers"

    I think that this book will appeal to young readers because of the time travel aspects, and that the Heros of the story are kids. I enjoyed the book, and I am looking forward to the sequel. However, I hope that Carol learns to control her speech and learn a bit more on relating with people. Every time she spoke in the book, I was annoyed with her..the first couple of times were cute, and the narrator handled it just right. But the annoyance grew, and detracted from the story.

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    Sallie 05-11-14
    Sallie 05-11-14
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    "A very good book for the younger crowd"

    I enjoyed everything about this book! I am a grandmother and would like my g'kids to read this when they are older. It is a book that would bring younger children to to become interested in some stories in history. Kind of a Harry Potter situation where the students can witness history in a life like visual effect. Also an Avatar aspect where the students can control animals. I will be listening to more of this series. I also like Kirby Heyborne as the narrator.

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    Carolyn 04-29-14
    Carolyn 04-29-14
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    "Good for age11"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes.it was interesting. In the end the girl like she didn't mean to but she totally showed up jaciline.


    Would you recommend Cragbridge Hall, Book 1 to your friends? Why or why not?

    no my friends are not readers


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kirby Heyborne?

    If it were from the same series.


    Do you think Cragbridge Hall, Book 1 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    yes and I want to buy it.


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    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 04-24-14
    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 04-24-14 Member Since 2012

    Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.

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    "Harry Potter meets National Treasure and Avatar!!!"


    This is the story of two twin teenagers, Abby and Derek who go to this amazing school for geniouses named Cragbridge Hall, named after their grandfather - Oscar Cragbridge, a scientist and inventor who invents amazing devices thinking about the human kind's wellfare. However, some people are trying to put their hands on those inventions, and if they fall into the wrong hands, human kind's hystory as we know it might change altogether.

    This is not a school of magic, but I mentioned Harry Potter because of the style in which the author chose to write. If you are a fan of Harry Potter you might enjoy this one very much. There are many twists of events and there is a lot of adventure too.

    The thing is, because of his invention, Oscar, his son and daughter-in-law are kidnapped and blackmailed in exchange for this some precious information that only Oscar can provide. Before any of this would happen, Oscar leaves his grandkids a pair of lockets that would only be activated if he went missing, and also, some clues that might help them solve the puzzle as to why he might have been missing, kidnapped, or even killed.

    I also compared it to National Treasure because this journey is full of clues, and without solving them, Abby and Derek cannot go on in the search for their loved ones.

    Why did I mention avatar? Well, you have to listen to it, I don't want to spoil it for you. But there is a mixture of styles here.

    Even though the narrator was very good, he will not get 5 stars because he did not do the accent of the Brazilian character correctly ( I know that because I am Brazilian). Brazil speaks Portuguese, and the accent the narrator chose to adopt was clearly Spanish. #disappointed.

    As a YA fan, I do recommend this book. I am sure that if you are an YA fan like me, you will enjoy it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    krawle Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 04-18-14
    krawle Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 04-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A good book for the younger set"
    Would you try another book from Chad Morris and/or Kirby Heyborne?

    Maybe


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More adult content


    What does Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The characters came alive in a fun way.


    Did Cragbridge Hall, Book 1 inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    A bit juvenile for those of us over 30, some funny parts that made me laugh, but overall a young person’s book.

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    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 04-10-14
    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 04-10-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Great young adult novel for adults too"

    This was a great novel meant for young adults or younger. Not as rich or intense as Harry Potter but an enjoyable read. I am an adult and would defiantly listen to others in the series.

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