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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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    Roy Mawson Lakes, South Australia 04-08-14
    Roy Mawson Lakes, South Australia 04-08-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A Sci Fi Harry Potter ?"
    If you could sum up Cragbridge Hall, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Light, historical & entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cragbridge Hall, Book 1?

    When a character is mauled by a bear in what proves to be a very realistic simulator.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The characters experience with 'driving' the avatar, while climbing into the watchtower.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Almost managed it, an afternoon and the following morning while in the workshop. I actually used this book as a successful sorbet to remove the experience of a less well written and performed novel.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll definitely be following the characters in the sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sailfish 04-07-14
    Sailfish 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.

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    Richard 05-03-15
    Richard 05-03-15
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    "would make a great tv mini series!"

    It was such a fun listen. The narrator was amazing. I seriously hope that someone in the tv production field would take a look at this. Looking forward to the next two books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shalene Stutz Mammoth, Utah USA 05-01-15
    Shalene Stutz Mammoth, Utah USA 05-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A Must Read (er... Listen)"

    This is a wonderful series to listen to with your kids or alone. Great Read!

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    Amazon Customer PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 04-21-15
    Amazon Customer PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 04-21-15 Member Since 2011
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    "nice fantasy. enjoyable drama, fun story"

    a good teen read. neat ideas for futuristic junior high. fun characters and good drama.

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    Doug in Tampa 03-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A detailed and compelling!"

    We could not stop listening. Lots of fun twists and turns. A Very interesting mystery. I recommend it with my highest stamp of approval!

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    Amazon Customer 03-08-15

    Eclectic, fun, zesty. Life is too short to not live fully.

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    "Abby will have you crying and cheering!"
    If you could sum up Cragbridge Hall, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Vivid, visual mystery


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author did not hold back on fully developing the teen relationships in this book. The scenes are vivid; Abby and Derrick don't get a free pass in this book. They go through real challenges adolescents face. I could see Abby's face as she realizes she's not going to be accepted. Derrick's fear surrounded me when he didn't succeed at a task the first time. The narrator expertly captured the nuances of the interaction between characters. Although I was able to figure out the villain before it was revealed, it was a pleasure hearing the story unfold.


    Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first time listening to Kirby Heyborne, but I look forward to finding other performances.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It's not easy navigating high school, but it's downright treacherous when your extra curricular activity is protecting the history of human civilization.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was the perfect easy listen. I found myself completely engrossed in the characters. I cheered, laughed, became sad and smiled as the author and narrator pulled me into the story. The bridge is the perfect centerpiece to build this story around. The children aren't superhuman; they make mistakes and have awkward moments. Abby and Derrick learn they are stronger than they initially believe and they make good friends along the way.

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    Keith W. Houben 02-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    This listen was quite entertaining for a book written for young adults. I always enjoy this narrator.

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    Christine Redding, CA, United States 02-04-15
    Christine Redding, CA, United States 02-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Nice Story, Kirby OK too"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think the narrator did a nice job but the girl really seems too depressed in the narration. Just needs a pick-me-up here and there.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Loved it. Pretty nice job on the ending.


    What three words best describe Kirby Heyborne’s performance?

    Average, Enjoyable, OK


    Could you see Cragbridge Hall, Book 1 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Well, maybe a children's story. Kids today expect a lot so I'm not sure it would fly.


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    K. Watkins 01-23-15
    K. Watkins 01-23-15
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    Interesting story, moved along. I really liked the way of resolving tension with the bête noire character, and putting such a person's actions in perspective. The narrator did a great job with different voices.

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